New Jersey DOT Considers Privatizing Maintenance

Pavement Preservation Journal, Fall 2011, Vol. 5, No. 1

The state Department of Transportation has confirmed it is considering privatizing maintenance on sections of state highway as part of a pilot program to look at cost savings at the agency, reported Karen Rouse, staff writer of New Jersey’s The Record, on the newspaper’s web site,

DOT spokesman Joe Dee said the agency is preparing to issue a “request for proposals”, or RFP, inviting private companies to submit bids for the job. “There is an RFP that is being developed to explore the economics of having the private sector maintain some sections of roadway,” Dee was quoted as saying. “The precise locations we don’t have yet.”

He said the RFP will ask a bidder to handle all the duties currently performed by the department’s own maintenance crews.

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