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May 17, 2021

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NEWARK AIRPORT MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO GROUNDBREAKING 

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says construction of the new $2.1 billion AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport could start next year. This news comes after the PANYNJ's announcement that it's narrowed the number of competitors bidding to design, build, operate and maintain the two and a half mile elevated monorail rail link down to four teams. The teams selected include: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., Dragados USA Inc., Kiewit Infrastructure Co. and Tutor Perini Corp.The existing AirTrain was built 25 years ago and is prone to frequent breakdowns.

$84.2 MILLION CAPITAL PROJECT SET TO RENOVATE AND UPGRADE VITAL NEWARK AIRPORT RUNWAY

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is beginning the rehabilitation of one of Newark Liberty International Airport's major runways. Runway 4R-22L serves as a primary landing runway at Newark Liberty, handling nearly half of the airport's flight activity. Its last rehabilitation was in 2012. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2022.
UPDATE ON PENN EAST CASE

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 28 on the Penn East pipeline case. The project would potentially carry 1 billion cubic feet of gas underground each day from Pennsylvania and through Hunterdon and Mercer Counties. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the project in 2018.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY HIRES FIRM TO DESIGN NORTH BRUNSWICK TRAIN STATION 

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) has selected WSP USA Inc., as design and engineering consultant for the North Brunswick transit project.

The total project award is $3,199,272. The project will consist of four phases - Conceptual Engineering, Preliminary Engineering, Final Engineering, and Construction Assistance Services.

KEENAN AUTHORS ARTICLE FOR NJEA REVIEW 

Alliance for Action President Jerry Keenan authored a feature article called: "Why Today's Students Should Care About Infrastructure" that appears in the May issue of the NJEA Review. The magazine goes to nearly 200,000 public school teachers in the state. Click HERE to see the article.
UPCOMING EVENTS

5/26/21 - Inside Scoop with the South Jersey Transportation Authority Executive Director Stephen Dougherty. Click here to register. 

6/4/21 - The Inside Scoop with PSE&G Senior Vice President/COO Kim Hanemann. Click here to register. 

6/9/21 - Healthcare and Life Sciences Construction Conference. Click here to register. 

6/16/21 - Salute To Women in Construction - IN PERSON EVENT. Click here to register. 

AC DEVCO SECURES $680,000 AWARD FOR ATLANTIC CITY NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN

AC DEVCO, the developer of several recent high-profile projects in the Atlantic City area, announced the state has awarded $681,250 to the community through the New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program. The funds will be used for the revitalization of Atlantic City's Chelsea neighborhood. Entities such as OceanFirst Bank, PNC Bank and Horizon Healthcare will also help fund projects there, for which they will receive a 1-1 tax credit match. 
ALLIANCE TESTIFIES ON BEHALF OF SOUTH JERSEY GAS PIPELINE PLAN
 
The Alliance for Action testified before the NJ Board of Public Utilities on April 29 in support of South Jersey Gas' plans to replace 825 miles of steel gas mains and install Excess Flow Valves (EFVs) on new service lines in six southern counties served by the utility. South Jersey Gas plans to invest about $742.5 million in the project.

MURPHY FORMALLY NOMINATES LATOURETTE

Governor Phil Murphy has removed "interim" from the title of NJ DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. He forwarded the formal nomination to the Senate during the last week of April.

LaTourette first joined DEP as chief legal and regulatory policy advisor.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TO MAKE THE CASE FOR NEW FACILITY 

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver says it could be time to build a new Newark University Hospital.  She and Newark University Hospital CEO Shereef Elnahal want to add a $500,000 State budget line item for a study examining the need to replace the existing hospital.  The current facility had just under 200,000 outpatient clinic visits and delivered 1,318 babies in 2020. It is also the Level 1 Trauma Center for northern New Jersey.
NJ DOT ANNOUNCES LOCAL BRIDGE GRANTS

Don't pass up the chance to possibly work on $47.3 million worth of local bridge construction across New Jersey's 21 counties. Click HERE to see the DOT's list of 39 Local Bridge Fund grants. Funded through the Transportation Trust Fund, the annual grants focus on repair, reconstruction and replacement of bridges with the most pressing structural deficiency issues.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

  • Kevin McCabe has been re-nominated to his position on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners by Governor Phil Murphy. McCabe was originally nominated to the Board by former Governor Chris Christie and joined the Board in December 2017.
  • The former S.M. Electric company is back in business. The new S.M. Electric joined forces with the Valiant Power Group. The newly re-branded SM Electric officially began new operations last month.
  • Bob Sutter is the new Divisional Vice President and General Manager - New York Area for Albireo Energy.
  • Kevin Watsey is the new Communications and Community Affairs Manager at Suez North America´╗┐.

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