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Herbertsville Bus and Truck Inspection Facility

Multi-use facility is the first inspection facility in the U.S. to be sited, constructed, and operated on a toll road.
  • Police inspect vehicles at the Herbertsville Bus and Truck Inspection Facility-Gannett Fleming

    Police inspect high volumes of vehicles, increasing the safety of the traveling public.

Client

New Jersey Turnpike Authority

Location
Wall Township, New Jersey
Our Role
Architecture, Electrical, Mechanical, Traffic, Geotechnical.
Data
Size:
10,000 square feet
Construction Cost:
$10 million
Completed:
2011
Type:
New Construction
Duration:
3 years
Outcomes
  • NJSP inspects more vehicles than with previous facility
  • Weigh-in-motion technology keeps traffic moving and reduces idling
  • Waiting room provides a safe place for motorists during inspections.

With its strategic location midway on the Garden State Parkway (GSP), the Herbertsville Bus and Truck Inspection Facility is in a prime position to fulfill its mission: inspect a high volume of vehicles and increase the safety of the traveling public on the GSP. The $10 million facility is an innovative multi-use building that decreases truck and bus inspection time, increases driver and passenger comfort, and serves as a prototype for future facilities. Opened in July 2011, the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) performed more inspections within its first three months of operations at the new facility than the entire Division of State Police for 2010. The facility is the first inspection facility in the U.S. to be sited, constructed, and operated on a toll road.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided architecture, electrical, mechanical, traffic, and geotechnical engineering for the inspection facility, whose central location, the security and durability of the building, and communications technology make it an ideal emergency operations center. The prototype design was conceived by examining other facilities around the state, identifying their strengths and limitations, and gathering input from facility operators. The NJSP requested that the facility be multi-use, which has translated into a higher level of end use. 

Because the previous facilities did not have utilities, all utilities had to be sited, designed, and installed. Site development on the five-acre plot included an initial inspection area for NJSP to check driver credentials prior to vehicle inspection, employee parking, out-of-service vehicle parking, sewage pumping station, weigh-in-motion system, and connecting roadways. A lack of nearby buildings necessitated unusually long utility services, including 5,200 feet of eight-inch water main, 3,200 feet of sanitary sewer force main, and long runs of electric and fiber for the variable message signs along the GSP indicating whether the facility is open or closed and whether trucks or buses are required to enter. The design conforms to stormwater management regulations including water quality, water quantity, and groundwater recharge requirements. 

Key Features

  • First inspection facility in U.S. to be sited, constructed, and operated on a toll road
  • Facility’s design serves as a prototype for future facilities.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Drive-by efficiency reduces idling, minimizing air pollution
  • Stormwater management system ensures environmentally sound runoff treatment.

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Award, 2012, American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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