Celebrating Bayonne’s Award-Winning Infrastructure Improvements

Chris Stokes and Nicole Pace-Addeo have been strategically managing and executing all of the public involvement efforts for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s Interchange 14A Improvement project since 2015, and on February 15, 2018, the 14A project received a notable award in front of nearly 600 attendees from the New Jersey Alliance For Action.

The 7th annual Leading Infrastructure Projects awards program honored the people and organizations throughout New Jersey that partner together to ensure the safety and efficiency of the state’s infrastructure. There was a sold-out jam-packed crowd of several hundred people at the beautiful Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township for this special event. Sixteen remarkable infrastructure projects were revered by the Alliance for their project’s positive impact on the state.

As always, Stokes was on hand to cover the event photography and video, and other team members were there to network and mingle with the innumerable transportation professionals that we’ve worked alongside for many, many years. In addition to a massive crowd, there were also numerous event sponsors (and valued clients of ours) including Skanska, GPI, Stantec, IEW Construction Group and STV. Stokes has proudly been a supporter of the Alliance for many years and the extraordinary work that they do.

Honorees included (in presentation order):

  1. George Washington Bridge – Replacement of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Helix
  2. NJ American Water’s Canoe Brook Volatile Organic Compound Water Treatment Facility
  3. Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Transformation
  4. SUEZ New Durham Pumping Station Improvement
  5. JCP&L Oceanview Reinforcement
  6. Route 3, Route 46, Valley Road & Rifle Camp Road Interchange Improvement Project – Phase I
  7. American Water Company Headquarters – Camden Waterfront
  8. Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement
  9. Subaru Headquarters and Training Center Construction
  10. New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14A Construction and Renovation
  11. Jersey City MUA East/West Side Pumping Station Emergency Generator Project
  12. $500 million Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Storm Resiliency Program
  13. Route 287, 78, 202, 206 Interchange Improvements
  14. Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill
  15. $1.2 billion PSE&G Bergen-Linden Corridor Upgrade
  16. George Washington Bridge – Suspension Ropes Replacement and Main Cable Rehabilitation

Of these 16 projects that received recognition at the prestigious event, Stokes was particularly proud to celebrate the New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 14A Improvement Project award alongside representatives from the Turnpike, AECOM, Gannett Fleming and more. The project’s Public Outreach Manager Chris Stokes and Public Outreach Specialist Nicole Pace-Addeo posed for a photo together and reflected on the past four years working on the job …

“The 14A project was one that we were eager to be a part of, years before its inception, because we understood how important this would be for the commuters and residents in the Bayonne and Jersey City area and, more importantly, what concerns they would have throughout construction,” said Chris Stokes, “Our goal with the 14A project was to effectively engage, involve and educate the public – our company’s motto – and help minimize confusion by maintaining a mobile-friendly and user-friendly project website, send weekly email advisories and coordinate all efforts with the many parties involved to streamline the communications.”

Nicole Pace-Addeo agreed and added, “One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned working on this project for four years is that clear communication is vital to the success of a project and that comprehensive public outreach programs – like the one we implemented in Bayonne – truly help transportation projects like this to run much more smoothly.” “I’ve responded to hundreds of calls and emails over the years,” she added, “The appreciation from business owners and residents alike was really wonderful because they trusted receiving information from one person and knew that I would get their questions answered in a timely manner.”

“It was great to see the 14A Improvement Project be honored by the Alliance For Action,” Chris Stokes concluded, “and we’ll certainly miss working with these teams when the job finishes up this year.”

You can read more about the 14A project on our website by clicking here.

To view all of the photos taken by Stokes Creative Group, Inc. at this event, please visit the Alliance For Action photo gallery by clicking here.

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