Executive Order #60 requires the reduction of diesel particulate matter emissions from non-road construction equipment used in publicly funded construction projects, through the installation of aftermarket retrofit technology. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) selected an initial list of projects meeting the targeting criteria, and will add projects to this list periodically to meet the goal of the Executive Order to complete 175 retrofits. These projects are located in or near urban centers. Urban centers are often home to overburdened communities with numerous pollution sources. NJDOT intends to solicit bids for these projects in FY12 and FY13.
NJDEP and/or NJDOT will pay for the costs of retrofit hardware and installation, as required by the Executive Order. While NJDEP expects to have sufficient funds to cover the cost of retrofits for all of the projects listed on the NJDOT Mandatory Project List, it may become necessary to prioritize, in which case the yellow highlighted projects will be first priority. Second priority will be given to projects highlighted in blue which are areas that the NJDEP believes to be overburdened by adverse environmental impacts. Urban areas tend to have the highest air pollution burdens due to the number of vehicles operating in, and traveling through the area, in addition to other sources of air pollution.
In addition, NJDEP and NJDOT will be soliciting volunteers to install retrofits on NJDOT construction projects that are already underway (see list of NJDOT Voluntary Projects below, plus the NJ Turnpike Extension from Exit 6 to 8A ).