July 4th Government Shutdown

The headlines across NJ this weekend are all focused on the shutdown of NJ State Government due to inability of the Legislature and the Governor to reach agreement for a FY2018 funding law prior to the July 1 Constitutional deadline. While all non-essential services are closed, including State Parks and Beaches, NJDOT projects will continue as planned for the immediate future.

NJDOT has classified project staff including Regional Engineers, Resident Engineers and Inspectors as “essential” employees. This action applies to both Capital Program and Maintenance projects. While many NJDOT projects are suspended for the July 4th weekend regardless, this is good news should the government closure last beyond the Holiday. Governor Christie’s Executive Order implementing the Shutdown is linked here:

Governor Christie Government Shutdown Executive Order

NJAPA and NJDOT Build on Productive and Cooperative Relationship
NJAPA Executive Director Kevin Monaco recently met with Commissioner Rick Hammer and Deputy Commissioner Joe Bertoni. The Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner both continue to emphasize their commitment to roadway maintenance and expanded paving operations to maintain and improve our State’s roadways. Over the past several years NJ has improved roadway conditions from 47% acceptable to 67% acceptable according to Federal Highway statistics. A range of other issues were discussed and both NJDOT and NJAPA re-committed to maintaining and expanding our long standing and mutually beneficial relationship, guided by our mutual goal to provide the motorists and taxpayers of New Jersey with a safe, efficient and reliable transportation network.

NJAPA Continues Focus on Quality Control Cores and Lighting Specifications
NJAPA has been working cooperatively with UTCA to address the proposal by NJDOT to no longer allow quality control cores. Both organizations recently signed a joint letter to the Department re-affirming how critical quality control cores were to the asphalt production and paving process and urging the Department to consider other options including tamper proof core boxes. NJDOT has responded that they are reviewing our concerns and will respond soon. It is anticipated that a joint industry/NJDOT meeting will take place to further address this issue.

Several NJAPA members have also expressed concern about the feasibility of meeting the current NJDOT lighting specification. NJDOT advised the industry several months ago that they would begin checking and enforcing the night lighting specification more stringently, however many contractors have stated the requirements are too strict and are in fact unachievable in many circumstances. NJAPA will continue to work with NJDOT to make improvements in this area to both protect the public and workers, while also being reasonable to achieve.

Pavement Preservation Resources Now Available at NJAPA.com
NJAPA has developed a range of marketing and educational materials to help elected officials, government administrators, county and municipal engineers and private owners make an educated and informed decision regarding pavement preservation options. The resources include a FAQ Sheet, FHWA Technical Brief, and NAPA white paper. This information is available for download and can also be requested as hard copy marketing kit with branded folder. View the online resources:

Benefits of Thinlays Toolkit

We are developing additional resources which will be added to the site as they are completed.

Happy 241st Birthday to America. Enjoy Your Holiday.