New Jersey Road, Rail Projects Suspended

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Oct 2010

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has suspended approximately 100 state-funded road and rail projects in their early stages while the State contemplates how it will finance needed infrastructure improvements in the future. 

This announcement follows yesterday’s resumption of work resumed on many transportation projects that NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson had ordered stopped last Friday.  According to Simpson, the original stoppage was due to the State Legislature’s failure to approve a bond sale to fund previously authorized work.  Many of those projects after lawmakers approved a $1.25 billion bond sale yesterday in order to keep the work funded through spring.

The projects that were put on hold by Simpson on Tuesday are in the early phases of planning and development, and the department will now be assessing the costs and benefits of proceeding with each project.  The Christie administration has indicated that it will be proposing solutions for a long-term fix for the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, the State funding source for transportation projects which is nearly depleted.

For more on the halt of the state-funded transportation projects, read this article by Mike Frassinelli in the Star Ledger , or Angela Delli Santi’s article from the Associated Press.