Checking out the New Jersey DOT Concrete Lab

A new video produced by the New Jersey Department of Transportation takes a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s concrete lab, which helps ensure materials used in the construction of bridges and roadways statewide meet key design criteria.

[Above photo by New Jersey DOT]

Testing conducted in the concrete lab “tell us how strong the concrete we use is, so we know that the project won’t fail; that the bridge deck won’t; or that a curb won’t just fall apart,” explained Steven McIntyre, a New Jersey DOT construction and maintenance technician, in the video. 

McIntyre added that there are many people working at New Jersey DOT to make sure all the materials used in a wide variety of transportation infrastructure projects are up to standards.

The concrete lab is just one of several facilities used by the agency not only to ensure material quality but to help expand and sharpen the skills of its construction and maintenance workers.

For example, in June 2023, the New Jersey DOT opened a new transportation training complex in Bordentown that it converted from a combined support maintenance shop operated by the New Jersey National Guard.

The agency acquired the property from the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in 2016 and subsequently converted its three buildings and surrounding land into a purpose-built training complex that caters specifically to the evolving needs of professionals working in the transportation infrastructure field. 

That facility includes specialized classrooms and adjoining labs outfitted with real roadway structures, traffic control components, and vehicle maintenance equipment – spaces that allow trainees to gain valuable hands-on experience in a safe and controlled setting without adverse weather or road hazards.

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