With a little less than three months remaining in New Jersey’s
legislative session, a bill that still could come up for consideration is
intended to add a barrier of protection for truckers and other drivers in the
Sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Trenton, the bill would
require the installation of protective fencing along certain highway overpasses
in the state to prevent objects from being dropped onto the roadway below.
The bill would require New Jersey’s Department of Transportation,
Highway Authority, Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation
Authority, counties and municipalities to install protective fencing along
certain overpasses carrying a road or highway. The fencing is intended to
prevent the dropping of objects from overpasses if the overpass traverses a
Municipalities and counties would be reimbursed for the costs of
meeting the provisions of the bill.
Gusciora cited the January 2003 death of a Hopewell Township, NJ, woman for his pursuit of the new rule.
Elaine Cowell was killed after an 18-pound chunk of ice was dropped
from an overpass and smashed through the windshield of the car she was driving.
Gusciora said the incident “illustrates the need for protective fencing
along certain overpasses.”
The bill – A1350 – is in the Assembly Transportation and Public Works
Committee. Lawmakers have until Jan. 8 to approve legislation.