Month of April Highlighted Articles
The most common thing that kills N.J. drivers is ‘completely avoidable’
“More than 90 percent of fatalities are preventable, but it’s up to all of us to reflect on what we’re doing that puts ourselves and others at risk, and change our behavior.”
Based on 2017 crash data, distracted driving was the leading cause of fatal crashes in New Jersey for the seventh straight year. Inattentive driving or distracted driving was the top cause in 196 fatal crashes. New Jersey is developing strategies to mitigate this increase. The most visible campaign against distracted driving is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “U Text, U Drive, U Pay” campaign.
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Electric Shuttle Market – Key Opportunities & Development 2018 to 2027
“With increasing awareness regarding environmental issues and consumption of natural resources, adoption of electric shuttle is likely to rise significantly in the coming years. The electric shuttles bring wide range of advantages, most importantly reduction of air pollution levels. These are some of the factors influencing the development of electric shuttle market.”
Electric shuttles have a relatively low cost of maintenance and less requirement of services, which has translated to growth in the electric shuttle market. The range of advantages, especially the reduction in air pollution, aligns with new regulations and initiatives in many countries. Automotive manufacturers are shifting their focus towards development of electric vehicles for public transport such as electric shuttles to meet these regulations.
ASHE NCNJ Meeting – Monmouth County MA-14 (CR-6) over Matawan Creek Bridge Replacement was held on March 21, 2019.
ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) and ASHE Members welcomed Judith Bowen, PE, Senior Project Manager at GPI, and Vincent Liang, PE Senior Structural Engineer at GPI to present Monmouth County MA-14 (CR-6) over Matawan Creek Bridge Replacement, a challenging NJ shore bridge replacement project innovative for it’s geotechnical and seismic design.
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ASHE NCNJ and ASCE Joint Meeting – “Restoring the George” Lane Closure Planning and Management was held on January 10, 2019.
ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) and ASCE North Jersey President Anne Marie Sinagra, PE (NJ Turnpike Authority welcomed Anis Rawashdej, PANJNY and Pedram Massoudi, EIT, PTP, PANYNJ to discuss AIMSUN and transportation modeling strategies to provide lane closure planning and management for the $1.9 billion program to restore the George Washington Bridge.
ASHE NCNJ Meeting – Route 280, Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project was held on February 7, 2019.
ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) welcomed Maher (Mike Sidani), PE, PMP, Senior Vice President, Richard Dunne, PE, Deputy Project Manager and former NJDOT State Bridge and Transportation Engineer, Jose S. Sotto, Project Engineer, and Libin Yin, PE Structural Design Technical Manager – all of Michael Baker International to present the design and construction of the new Route 280, Route 21 Interchange, including 5 new steel bridges, in urban Newark, NJ.
ASHE NCNJ Meeting – Norwalk River Bridge Program – Geotechnical and Foundation Design was held on December 13, 2018.
ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) welcomed Joseph Juzwin, PE, HNTB’s Geotechnical Design Lead for the Norwalk River Bridge Program to present on the highlights the challenges of designing the geotechnical and foundation systems for the Walk Bridge, a signature movable bridge that carries four tracks of the Northeast Corridor across the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut.
ASHE NCNJ Meeting – Bridge Emergencies & Forensic Analysis –
Knowing the Cause Before You Design was held on November 8, 2018.
ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) welcomed Brian J. Strizki, PE, Senior VP with JMT in Trenton NJ and formerly the NJDOT State Transportation Engineer to present on the importance of conducting a forensic analysis before preparing plans and specifications for Emergency Bridge Repairs. Brian presented two case studies – Emergency Bridge Repairs for Route 3 over the Hackensack River (NJDOT) and Emergency Structural Repairs for two failed retaining walls supporting Jersey Gardens Boulevard over Conrail and Norfolk Southern Railroads (City of Elizabeth).
Month of November Highlighted Articles:
“There are three givens in life: death, taxes and the Portal Bridge getting stuck at the worse possible time after it opens to let a cargo ship pass.”
The Portal Bridge, one of the busiest railroad bridges in the western hemisphere, regularly gets stuck (sometimes twice in the same day) and causes outrageous delays and frustration for transit commuters. It is over 100-years old, and although it was supposed to be replaced eight years ago, the project was killed for potential funding escalation and then again recently under the premise that the project serves more purpose locally than nationally.
“Young lives depend on you to drive safely”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing. Following a string of recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, NHTSA is calling on the public and media to help educate communities on ways to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations and ensure all students arrive to and from school safely.
ASHE NCNJ Meeting – Reconstruction of Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook was held on October 11, 2018.
Pictured below, ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) and ASHE NCNJ Vice President Tom Di Chiara, AICP, PP (Arora & Associates) welcome and congratulate Pankesh Patel, PE, NJDOT Capital Program Management Program Manager, and Khairul Alam, PE, Vice President, Structural Design Department Manager, Arora & Associates, to present the rehabilitation and replacement of the oldest state-owned bridge in New Jersey – the stone arch bridge over Stony Brook in Princeton, New Jersey.
ASHE SNJ/NCNJ Joint Meeting – Update on NJDOT Capital Program was held on September 13, 2018.
Pictured below, ASHE NCNJ President J.P. Magron (HDR) and ASHE SNJ President Matt Benscoter, PE (Hardesty & Hanover) welcome and congratulate Daniel R. Benson, New Jersey Assemblyman, Chair of Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee; and Snehal Patel, P.E., PMP, NJDOT Assistant Commissioner, Capital Program Management, and a State Transportation Engineer to present exciting updates to NJDOT Capital Program at the Cranbury Inn in Cranbury, NJ.