When it comes to the roads and bridges New Jersey drivers travel, things may be getting a little safer without anyone realizing. Behind the scenes at the New Jersey Port Authority’s Materials Engineering Unit, the team is hard at work testing concrete for safety concerns. Procedures that were in place only a decade ago have been improved upon, and that means the laborious task falls on the Port Authority to take samples and ensure everything is up to code.
Collecting a Variety of Samples
The New Jersey Port Authority’s Materials Engineering Unit has already begun the process of collecting concrete core samples from bridges, highways, airports, and buildings, to test for strength issues in the material. These core samples are now processed through a variety of tests that involve crushing the concrete, freezing it, heating it, and submerging it in water. The tests are designed to see how long before cracks or the concrete is compromised. These tests allow workers to head out to areas of concerns and make changes before disaster happens.
Protecting New Jersey Residents in the Future
One of the reasons this testing facility is getting so much attention lately is because they are making efforts to produce new concretes that are designed to last longer than materials currently being utilized. The new concrete blends are so durable that they were used to help construct the new World Trade Center building. The new concrete is allow the state to up standards across the board in projects around the state that impact residents. Bridges and roadways that are in need of repair are being tapped for use with the new concrete for a number of reasons. Not only will the new stronger concrete make the roads safer for drivers in New Jersey, it will extend the life of these areas so that they do not need as frequent upgrades as in the past.
By taking a proactive approach to bridge, building, and roadway construction, New Jersey hopes to set a precedent that other states soon follow. When the concrete is stronger, building costs are reduced, worker hours cut, and drivers enjoy a safer riding experience without constant inconveniences due to construction or repairs across the majority if the state.