The American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey (ACECNJ) presented Gannett Fleming with the Grand Honor Award for the New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 14A Improvements during the 2019 Excellence in Engineering Awards Banquet.
Identified as the New Jersey Turnpike’s most problematic northern interchange, the 14A connection between the Hudson County Extension and New Jersey Route 440, Port Jersey Boulevard, and the streets in Bayonne, needed critical improvements. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority retained Gannett Fleming to study and design interchange improvements to relieve traffic congestion, enhance safety, and accommodate planned development in the area.
The team developed a plan that would improve interchange geometrics and operating conditions. The final design required the demolition and replacement of two large connector bridges and the construction of three new bridges. The $300-million improvement program features 11,000 feet of new and reconstructed ramps, two additional toll plaza lanes, four new bridge structures, and three bridge widenings.
Gannett Fleming’s innovative design reduces congestion, improves drive time for 50,000 daily motorists, and accommodates future traffic volume demand. Bayonne and southern Jersey City residents, along with employees and visitors to the Global Container Terminal Bayonne and port-related businesses, now reap the benefits of forward-thinking roadway advances. Delivered one month ahead of schedule and $14 million under budget, the Interchange 14A enhancements bolster economic activity for area businesses and strengthen traveler connectivity throughout the region.