HOLD THE DATE – Next Meeting March 9th

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The next ASHE NCNJ meeting will be held on March 9th at Snuffy’s Restaurant.  A presentation on Building a 21st Century Tranportation Network will be given by Bill Kingsland, NJDOT Assistant Commissioner, Tranportation Systems Management.

Governor Cuomo Announces Open Road Tolling to be Completed on All MTA Bridges and Tunnels in 2017

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Cashless tolling is coming to all MTA Bridges & Tunnels. Removing toll booths means less traffic congestion, fuel consumption and pollution. Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, the MTA is also enhancing security to combat emerging threats, upgrading structures to withstand natural disasters and conserving energy with new LED lighting.

Read the full article here:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-open-road-tolling-be-completed-all-mta-bridges-and-tunnels-2017

Delaware River Bridge Repairs Progress, but Mystery Remains

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/3/17: Delaware River Bridge Repairs Progress, but Mystery Remains

Engineers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey faced a mystery as they investigated the cause of a fractured beam on the Delaware River Turnpike Bridge last month. Poring through more than 50 boxes of records on the bridge’s history, in addition to giving the bridge a close inspection, officials have gathered clues but aren’t ready to announce a cause.

Read the full article here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/delaware-river-bridge-repairs-mystery-unsolved.html

 

 

No Plans to Extend Cashless Toll System Upstate

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The Buffalo News, 2/15/17: No Plans to Extend Cashless Toll System Upstate

There are no specific plans to bring a cashless toll system to the upstate portions of the New York Thruway even though it now operates at the Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties, a Cuomo administration official told lawmakers Wednesday.

Read the full article here: http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/15/no-plans-cashless-tolling-thruway-upstate/

 

FEBRUARY 16TH DINNER MEETING

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GARDEN STATE PARKWAY INTERCHANGE 163 IMPROVEMENTS
Joint meeting with ASCE North Jersey Branch
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Presented by: Lamis Malak (NJ Turnpike Authority) and Tony Fulco (Dewberry Engineers)
Location: Snuffy’s Restaurant in Scotch Plains, NJ
Time: 5:30 PM Cocktails; 6:30 PM Dinner folled by the Presentation

Click here to view the meeting flyer: ASHE-ASCE-February-16-2017-Joint-Meeting-Flyer.pdf

The presentation will begin with a project history and overview, discuss major project elements, and conclude with a construction update. The purpose of the project was to improve the safety and operation of Interchange 163 by eliminating the mainline left hand exits to Route 17. This was achieved by realigning the mainline into the existing median in order to shift the exit ramps to the right side. Project challenges included poor soil conditions necessitating the use of ground improvement techniques, pile supported foundations, drilled shafts, and vibration monitoring. Complex traffic staging was also required in order to maintain traffic during construction.

JANUARY 19TH DINNER MEETING

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Revised NJDEP Flood Hazard Area Regulations

Presented by: Vincent Mazzei (NJDEP Supervising Environmental Engineer)

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Special thanks to Vince Mazzei, NJDEP Supervising Envirionmental Engineer, for his very informative and thorough presentation. The presentation was a follow up to last year’s presentation and discussed the Revised Flood Hazard Area (FHA) Regulations as were  implemented on June 20, 2016. It focused on the purpose of the FHA Rules and the major changes to the Rules as the result of their adoption.

Some photos from the event…

 

Amazon has a clever idea to put itself in the middle of the self driving car market

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Amazon patent could help self-driving cars find highway lanes best-suited for them
Business Insider, 1/17/17

Amazon has filed a new patent designed to help autonomous vehicles identify the driving lanes best-suited for their individual needs. The patent, approved on Tuesday, shows a “roadway management system” that is capable of telling self-driving cars which lanes to use on the roadway, based on things like the speed and destination of the vehicle, or time of the day and traffic flow.

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-patent-self-driving-cars-find-highway-lanes-2017-1

Will the ‘road to nowhere’ – N.J.’s Route 55 – ever go somewhere?

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Will the ‘road to nowhere’ – N.J.’s Route 55 – ever go somewhere?
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/9/17

Officials are studying a rising number of fatalities and other motor vehicle accidents near the current end of Route 55 — where a 20-mile extension of the roadway was to have been constructed in the 1960s as part of the “Cape May Expressway” but was never finished — to determine how to make the heavily traveled Shore-traffic corridor safer.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20170108_Will_the__road_to_nowhere_-NJ_s_Route_55-ever_go_somewhere_.html

 

December 14th Dinner Meeting

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NJDOT Program Initiatives for FY 2017

ASHE SNJ and ASHE NCNJ Joint Meeting

Special thanks to Dana Hecht, NJDOT Director of Project Management, for her very informative presentation on the recent changes to the TTF and the goals that NJDOT has set for FY 2017. 

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