Month of November Highlighted Articles:
Understanding the Portal Bridge, the busiest rail span in America and N.J.’s transit Achilles’ Heel
“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.
NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops
“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.
The June 13th meeting was held at Salumeria Ercolano.
Photos from the meeting….
Thruway’s Ticketed System (Mainline I-90 & I-87 And Erie Section) to Go Completely Cashless By the End of 2020. Follows Opening of Cashless Tolling at Grand Island Bridges in Western New York Earlier This Year. Cashless Tolling Eases Congestion, Improves Safety, Decreases Commute Times, and Reduces Air Pollution.
Read the full article here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-all-new-york-state-thruway-toll-barriers-lower-hudson-valley-will
ASHE NORTH-CENTRAL NJ SECTION PRESENTS: Route 7/ Wittpenn Bridge Replacement Site Tour & Presentation
MAHESH PATEL, PE (NJDOT)
LEONARDO GIRALDO, PE (JACOBS ENGINEERING)
Wednesday June 13, 2018
Salumeria Ercolano, 1072 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
One PDH Credit is anticipated for the Site Tour and One PDH Credit is anticipated for the Presentation.
Meeting Flyer: ASHE NCNJ June 13th Wittpenn Bridge Site Tour & Meeting Flyer
The city’s uptown traffic nightmare is expected to ease with the completion of a years-long project to rebuild the roadways surrounding the New Jersey Turnpike’s 14A toll plaza. The new ramps, which attach the Turnpike exit to both Chosin Few Way and southbound Route 440, will be open for motorists beginning Monday afternoon. Construction began in 2015 and was completed before the anticipated fall opening.
Read the full article here: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2018/05/new_traffic_ramps_to_open_at_bayonne_turnpike_entr.html
Navigating roads less traveled in self-driving cars is a difficult task. One reason is that there aren’t many places where self-driving cars can actually drive. Companies like Google only test their fleets in major cities where they’ve spent countless hours meticulously labeling the exact 3-D positions of lanes, curbs, off-ramps, and stop signs. Today’s autonomous vehicles require hand-labeled 3-D maps, but CSAIL’s MapLite system enables navigation with just GPS and sensors.
Read the full article here: http://news.mit.edu/2018/self-driving-cars-for-country-roads-mit-csail-0507
Spanning 34 miles (55 kilometers), this is the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. Due to open to the public this summer, this long snake of bitumen will connect a relatively small city on the Chinese mainland with the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. But since the bridge was first suggested in 2003, it has stirred controversy. This massive span of concrete and steel is not just proof of China’s ability to build record-setting megastructure– it’s also a potent symbol of the country’s growing geopolitical ambitions.
Read the full article here: https://www.wptv.com/news/national/the-20-billion-umbilical-cord-china-unveils-the-worlds-longest-sea-crossing-bridge