NJ DOT to Issue RFP for Highway Maintenance

Pilot program will test savings potential of privatizing government-provided services

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is considering privatizing maintenance on sections of state highway as part of a pilot program to look at cost savings at the agency.

Details on how long the pilot program would last, or which sections of state highway would be targeted, were not available Friday.

However, DOT spokesman Joe Dee said the agency is preparing to issue a "request for proposals" — or RFP — inviting private companies to submit bids for the job.

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