Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) unveiled a
proposed Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge (I-95) toll schedule
projected to take effect in 2019, when the first span of the new bridge
is expected to open.
approved in late September by the Commission's board of directors after
a slate of public hearings, tolls would be $1.25 for passenger vehicles
with E-ZPass; $2.60 for Toll-by-Plate passenger vehicles without
E-ZPass; and 75 cents for commuters who make at least 16 tolled trips
per month using a Commission-affiliated E-ZPass tag. Tolls will be
charged in the southbound direction via an all-electronic toll (AET)
collection system of E-ZPass tag readers and high-resolution cameras.
public hearings will be held as follows:
Aug. 2, 2016, Holiday Inn Express, 90 Kunkle Dr., Easton, PA. Toll
hearing 6 p.m.
Aug. 4, 2016, Early Childhood Learning Center, 459 Center St.,
Phillipsburg, NJ. Toll hearing 6 p.m.
9, 2016, High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Dr., Montague, NJ. Toll
hearing 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, 2016 East Stroudsburg University Innovation Center, 562
Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA. Toll hearing 6 p.m.
Commission policy, the public also may provide comment on the proposed
toll changes by any of the following, additional methods:
United Airlines and
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced plans
to further modernize the airport security at several of the airline's
United, in collaboration with the TSA, will install state-of-the-art,
automated security lanes, add permanent TSA Precheck® enrollment
centers at convenient locations and redesign security checkpoints at
several of the airline's most-frequented hub airports.
United will debut the automated lanes at Newark Liberty International
Airport, the airline's premier Trans-Atlantic gateway, this fall. When
United, in collaboration with the TSA, completes the installation, the
entire centralized security checkpoint at Terminal C in Newark Liberty
will feature 17 automated lanes.
M PLAN UNVEILED FOR VISITORS' CENTER AT PATERSON'S GREAT FALLS
are moving ahead for the $19.7 million Alexander Hamilton Visitors
Center near the lower level of the Passaic River facing the Great Falls
in Paterson. Supporters presenting details for the multi level facility
to the city's national park advisory committee say the 7,500 square
foot facility will increase tourism and boost dollars coming into the
NJ BOARD OF PUBLIC
UTILITIES APPROVES MERGER OF SOUTHERN COMPANY AND AGL RESOURCES
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Board) has approved a merger
between Southern Company and AGL Resources, the parent company of
Elizabethtown Gas. As a result of the board's approval, a typical
residential customer of Elizabethtown Gas will receive a $42 credit on
an upcoming bill statement.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Governor Christie announced
State Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
will step down next month and will be nominated to serve on the
State Parole Board.
announced the promotion of Associate Vice President and Newark, NJ
Office Director Todd
Hay, PE, CME, to Regional Vice President and
the appointment of Senior Business Development Associate Jerry Prevete to
Associate Vice President.
DeVito joined the staff of Associated Construction
Contractors of New Jersey on July 5, 2016, as Information &
Creative Group announced Sam
Capri as the new Chief Operating Officer.
$1M BRIDGE PROJECT
OK'D FOR ROUTE 202
state Department of Transportation has approved a $1 million emergency
project to replace a Route 202 bridge damaged in heavy rains and
flooding on July 10.
work is taking place despite the suspension of Transportation Trust
Fund projects on July 8 that occurred when the state Legislature and
the governor could not agree on a plan to provide revenue to the fund,
which expired at the end of June.
state DOT has said the suspension of projects allows there to be enough
funds for emergency projects, such as the Route 202 bridge. Senate
President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent
Prieto (D-Hudson) have reached an agreement on resolving the TTF
funding crisis. A vote could come as early as Aug. 1.
FEDERAL AGENCY GIVES
GREEN LIGHT TO CONTROVERSIAL PENNEAST PIPELINE
energy regulators have approved a draft environmental impact statement for
the hotly contested 118-mile PennEast Pipeline, which would deliver
Marcellus Shale natural gas primarily to utilities in the Lehigh Valley
and in New Jersey.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said that construction of the $1
billion pipeline would cause some adverse environmental impacts, but
that "most of these impacts would be reduced to
which is sponsored by a subsidiary of UGI Corp. of Valley Forge, called
the report "a major step forward" and said it anticipates a
final decision from FERC in 2017.
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR
GATEWAY PROJECT GAINS STEAM
Good news on the
project to build a new rail line between New Jersey and New York.
The federal Department of Transportation is starting the Gateway Project's
"project development" phase for the New Starts program.
The project development phase involves environmental review and
adopting the program into the DOT's long range transportation
plan. New Starts, along with other federal and loan programs, is
expected to comprise a bulk of the federal government's funding
commitment to the Gateway project.
PERMIT EXTENSION ACT
EXTENDED IN NINE COUNTIES
On June 30, 2016,
Governor Christie signed into law a one-year extension of the Permit Extension
Act ("PEA") (A3617/S2390) in the nine counties most impacted
by Superstorm Sandy. The extension only applies to approvals in
Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean,
and Union Counties. The law will allow the municipal, county, and state
permits that were previously extended by the PEA to remain valid in
those nine counties for an additional year.
2016 EAGLE AWARDS
Six leaders of New
Jersey's economic life will receive prized Eagle Awards at the New
Jersey Alliance for Action's 42nd annual dinner on October
24. The dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New
Alliance Chairman George Laufenberg and President Philip K.
Beachem announced the members of Eagle Awards Class of 2016. They
Stephen Sweeney, NJ Senate President &
General Vice President, International Association of Bridge, Structural,
Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
John L. Buzzi Engineering Excellence Award
Starace, Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of
S. Vieser Lifetime Achievement Award
Anselmi, Secretary-Treasurer, Anselmi & DeCicco,
Fakult, President, JCP&L
Walter Rand South Jersey Award
Varley, President, New Jersey American Water
Richard Hale Chariman's Award
Rose, President, Passaic County Community College