May 2, 2024 – Acting Commissioner Fran O’Connor used his first appearance today before an Alliance for Action audience to announce that the NJ Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT)  first-ever Design-Build Project will move forward in 2024.

His department is moving forward with a design-build program for the Route 50 Bridge in Upper Township in Cape May County, going over Cedar Swamp Creek.

Said Acting Commissioner O’Connor in his remarks: This important change to how publicly funded construction projects are awarded in the state will improve the project delivery process and foster opportunities for innovation and cost-savings. Design-Build creates design and construction teams, streamlining the process and eliminating potential risks before they could delay project delivery.”

The next important step in this process is the issuance of a Letter of ‘intent from NJDOT, which the Commissioner told our audience is expected later this year.

The current Cedar Swamp Creek Bridge is 63 years old, handles 6000 plus vehicles per day and is acknowledged in poor condition due to its foundation.

Acting Commissioner Fran O’Connor unveiled his plan while speaking at the Alliance for Action’s ongoing Inside Scoop Series in Monroe this morning.

The Alliance for Action Inside Scoop series continues May 8th with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chief Engineer Mike Garofalo. May 16th we’ll be in Camden County for the 10th Annual City of Camden event. May 20th will be the Monmouth County Chapter and on May 22nd up in Edison with the Port Authority of NY & NJ Construction Team! 

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The Alliance for Action is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Since 1974, we’ve worked as a non-partisan and non-profit association representing thousands of business, labor, government, utility, education, professional, and other New Jersey leaders. Our mission is to improve New Jersey’s economy through the promotion of environmentally friendly capital construction and infrastructure investment.