Lettiere announces accelerated schedule for completion of Route
4 rehabilitation project
to be completed by November 2004, Nine Months Ahead of Schedule
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack
Lettiere announced today that the $25 million rehabilitation of
Route 4 in Bergen County would be completed by November 23, 2004,
a full nine months ahead of schedule.
(Route 4 Sec. 2AC), scheduled to be complete in August 2005, will
be accelerated by nine months, resulting in savings of $800,000
to NJDOT in construction and engineering costs and saving the
motoring public over $2.65 million in lost time and lost fuel.
The rehabilitation of Route 4 makes significant improvements to
safety and provides needed congestion relief to the region. Route
4 is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of roadway in
New Jersey and its quick completion is critical.
“Route 4 must
be reopened as soon as possible, and we're happy to be able to
say we've accelerated the completion of this work by nine months.”
stated Commissioner Lettiere. “Our goal is to finish our work
and get out of the motorists way as soon as possible. Allowing
this project to continue through the holiday shopping season would
cause a significant inconvenience to motorists and hardship to
businesses in the region.”
$3.5 million will be saved by the acceleration of this project.
The NJDOT will save nearly $800,000 (or $4,100 per day) in construction
and engineering costs by completing this project nine months early.
In addition, New Jersey motorists will save $2.65 million (or
$68,000 per week) in lost time and lost fuel caused by congestion
and delays from sitting in traffic. In addition to the savings
in construction and engineering costs, NJDOT will be able to avoid
any damage to the highway due to winter conditions and snow and
ice removal, which is likely whenever a construction project carries
through the winter months.
is necessary in order to reduce congestion and make safety improvements
to Route 4. Given the high commercial characteristics of Route
4, vehicles enter and exit the highway without any transition
area. This creates an unsafe condition for motorists and will
be remedied by the improvements in this project. The project includes
rehabilitation of Route 4 to provide shoulders, acceleration and
deceleration lanes, and new interchange ramps. The project also
includes the construction of an auxiliary lane along Route 4 eastbound
and westbound that will improve safety. In addition, the project
includes the reconstruction of a pedestrian bridge in order to
provide pedestrians with the ability to cross Route 4.
Route 4 is
a crossroads for the region, and a major route for shoppers from
New York looking to save money, particularly on sales tax on clothing.
On any given day, approximately 300,000 vehicles pass thru the
Route 4 and 17 interchange -- making it one of the busiest, if
not the busiest, interchange in the country. Bergen County, the
most populous county in New Jersey, is home to 19 major malls
and shopping centers and has an employment base of over half a
million. Garden State Plaza , along Route 4, is the fifth-largest
mall in the nation. Given the high commercial character of this
stretch of roadway, it is necessary to make improvements to alleviate
congestion, enhance safety, and improve traffic flow. This project
marks a major improvement in the road network in Northern New
McGreevey has made a commitment to improving the quality of life
for Bergen County residents and New Jersey 's motoring public,”
said Lettiere. “The Governor has invested in the future of our
transportation infrastructure by making the rehabilitation of
Route 4 a reality.”
On June 30, 2004 Governor McGreevey signed the
State's FY2005 budget into law, finalizing the $2.58 billion capital
program for NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT for FY 2005. The FY 2005 capital
program is a fiscally responsible, yet robust investment in New
Jersey 's transportation network. The capital program fulfills
Governor McGreevey's commitment to improving safety, easing congestion
by using smart growth and fix-it-first strategies, and providing
needed property tax relief to New Jersey 's counties and municipalities.
This $2.58 billion program implements Governor McGreevey's Smart
Growth and Fix-It-First initiatives and will provide a significant
stimulus to the State's economy. Roughly $1.4 billion of the capital
program is for use by the NJDOT, and $1.2 billion by NJ TRANSIT.