ASSEMBLY, No. 3811

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 2, 2022

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† WILLIAM F. MOEN, JR.

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman† DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman† BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Thomson and Spearman

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires geotechnical testing and certain monitoring of transportation projects.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning certain testing and monitoring of transportation capital projects and supplementing Title 27 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† Notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, for any transportation project funded in whole or in part by State resources, including those of the Transportation Trust Fund Authority, a geotechnical engineer shall provide expert recommendations during the final design phase of the transportation project concerning the type and frequency of geotechnical testing, including subsequent monitoring as needed, that shall be required for such transportation project.† The recommendations of the geotechnical engineer shall be based upon the type of transportation project and the site conditions of such project.† The recommended type and frequency of testing made by a geotechnical engineer pursuant to this subsection shall be included as a requirement in the construction contracts for the transportation project.† During the construction phase of the transportation project, all geotechnical testing recommended by the geotechnical engineer, including the frequency of testing, shall be completed.

†††† b.† Primary construction of a transportation project that is funded in whole or in part by State resources, including those of the Transportation Trust Fund Authority, which requires groundwater testing at the project site, shall not commence unless the groundwater test occurred within 180 days of the start of primary construction. †Groundwater monitoring shall continue, thereafter, if the site conditions of the transportation project warrant more frequent groundwater testing, as determined by the geotechnical engineer.

†††† c.† During primary construction of each transportation project funded in whole or in part by State resources, including those of the Transportation Trust Fund Authority, and for a period of time after construction is complete, as determined by the Commissioner of Transportation, data concerning the shifting and settling of the transportation project shall be collected and any shifting and settling of the transportation project shall be monitored.† The data collected shall be compared against the levels of shifting and settling deemed acceptable by the design documents of the transportation project.† If the shifting and settling exceeds the limits deemed acceptable by the design documents, advanced monitoring of the shifting and settling of the transportation project shall be completed, as determined by the Commissioner of Transportation.

†††† d.† The Department of Transportation shall comply with all internal standards, manuals, procedures, and design documents and shall not waive any of the standards and procedures provided in these documents, including the standards and procedures that relate to subsurface data.

 

†††† 2. †This act shall take effect 180 days following the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires a geotechnical engineer to provide expert recommendations concerning the type and frequency of geotechnical tests needed for transportation projects funded in whole or in part by State resources.† The recommended testing and frequency of testing is to be included in the construction contracts of the project and are to be completed during the construction phase of the project.

†††† The bill requires a groundwater test to have occurred within 180 days of the date primary construction begins for any transportation project that requires groundwater testing at the project site.† Thereafter, the bill also requires ongoing groundwater monitoring if the site conditions warrant more frequent testing, as determined by the geotechnical engineer.

†††† Under the bill, data is to be collected concerning the shifting and settling of the transportation project.† The shifting and settling is to be monitored and compared against the levels of shifting and settling deemed acceptable by the projectís design documents.† If the shifting and settling is greater than that deemed acceptable by the design documents, advanced monitoring is to be completed, as determined by the Commissioner of Transportation.

†††† The bill requires the Department of Transportation to comply with all internal standards, manuals, procedures, and design documents and the department is prohibited from waiving any of the standards and procedures provided in these documents.