NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING AWARDS
The Alliance for Action is accepting nominations for the annual Distinguished Engineering Awards, with a deadline of Thursday, March 31.
Nominations should include the following information:
Project and engineering company name
Short project summary
Short description of why the project should be awarded.
Alliance for Action President Phil Beachem says the nominees could include transportation, waste and storm water, building, state, county, municipal and private projects.
Beachem announced the awards will be presented at a special event at a date to be announced attended by business, education, labor and media leaders. Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPAIRS TO PULASKI SKYWAY REACH HALFWAY MARK
State transportation official say work to install a new bridge deck on the Pulaski Skyway is past the halfway point.
Stephen Schapiro, a State DOT spokesman, reported that the overall project is still on schedule and is expected to be completed in 2020. He said the bridge deck is more than half done as a majority of the north side is completed and there has been a lot of progress underneath the southbound lanes.
ALLIANCE TO HOST SOCIAL MEDIA PANEL AT TRANSACTION
Alliance for Action President Phil Beachem will moderate a panel at the upcoming TransAction Conference in Atlantic City on April 13th. The panel is titled "Social Media as a Means for Impacting Transportation Policy."
The panel will focus on using social media to effectively engage the public in a meaningful conversation on the state of New Jersey's crumbling infrastructure and transportation systems. The panel will include Alliance for Action Assistant Vice President Chris Hartman, Kate Gibbs from Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, and Alexander Lewis from the Forward NJ Coalition.
AMTRAK OFFICIAL SAYS TUNNELS ARE TOP PRIORITY
Amtrak President Joseph Boardman testified that the new Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River is Amtrak's "top priority among a long list of major priorities." He testified before the US Senate Commerce Committee's surface transportation subcommittee.
Boardman reported that the new tunnel's environmental impact study is planned to begin in April and a Gateway Development Corporation has been formed to build the project.
NEW HOTEL ANNOUNCED BY ROCKEFELLER GROUP FOR FLORHAM PARK
The Rockefeller Group announced plans for a new 160-room upscale hotel and neighboring retail site at the Green in Florham Park. It will be part of Rockefeller's 268-acre master-planned redevelopment site in Florham Park.
Rockefeller teamed with LodgeWorks Partners for the project, which will operate under the ARCHER Hotel brand. Once the site of a former ExxonMobil research center, the Green in an ongoing revitalization program for Rockefeller, already including the New York Jets training facility, BASF's North American Headquarters and the Summit Medical Group.
PATH WILL SPEND $87 MILLION FOR FLOOD PROTECTION
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will spend $87 million to protect PATH from flood damage and replace an escalator in the Exchange Place Station. Of that amount, the Authority commissioners approved $25.2 million to expand a rail yard in Jersey City to store the cars on higher ground.
The project will be partially funded by Federal Transit Administration grants to protect PATH after Superstorm Sandy flooded 353 rail cars and locomotives. The project would build 1,800 feet of track to store the equipment at 3 to 5 feet above requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
SHARK RIVER DREDGING PROJECT FINALLY GETS GREEN LIGHT
After more than two decades of planning, dredging of the main channels of the Shark River in Monmouth County has the green light from state and county officials.
The Shark River flows 12 miles and borders five towns---Neptune Township and Neptune City, Avon, Blemar and Wall Township. The $7.6 million cost will be paid by $5.6 million from the state, $1.1 million from the County and four of the towns.
The biggest holdup to the project was disposal of 102,000 cubic yards of sediment taken from the river. The approved plan calls for the dredged material to be dried at two locations and trucked to the Monmouth County landfill in Tinton Falls for final disposal.
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