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Contact: John Dourgarian
RELEASE: September 10, 1996

NJDOT celebrates 30th Anniversary

Transportation Commissioner Frank J. Wilson will join four former NJDOT Commissioners to celebrate the Department's 30th Anniversary by sealing a time capsule. The event will be held in the parking area of DOT's Main Office Building at 1035 Parkway Avenue, on Wednesday, September 11, 1996 at 2:00 PM.

Joining Commissioner Wilson will be former Commissioners David Goldberg (1966-70), Louis Gambaccini (1978-81), John Sheridan (1982-85) and Hazel Frank Gluck (1986-89). The event will be marked by the sealing of the time capsule and unveiling of a special 30th Anniversary banner, which should make for an excellent photo opportunity. Included in the items to be placed in the time capsule are: letters from Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Commissioner Wilson, a history of DOT, a current license plate and driver's manual, newspaper clippings, DOT Annual Reports, and artist's renderings of several planned DOT projects.

Also attending the event will be NJDOT's first employee, Pasquale (Pat) Maiorano, currently a Construction and Maintenance Technician, who was hired on December 12, 1966.

The NJDOT was established in 1966 and became the nation's first state DOT. The NJDOT and its predecessor, the State Highway Commission, have played a unique role in the development of transportation in the nation. New Jersey is the first state to construct a cloverleaf interchange (Route 1 and 35). New Jersey is also famous for other transportation firsts: the Jersey barrier, which has saved countless lives, low-level bridge lighting, the breakaway sign support, and more effective ice melting techniques on roads.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation currently maintains 2,307 bridges, 10,735 highway lane miles, 150,000 road signs. New Jersey's highways are the busiest in the nation, with an estimated 17 million trips occurring each day.

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