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2024 work zone conference

2024 Annual NJ Work Zone Safety Conference **Registration Closed**

  • April 4
  • 8:30 am–2:30 pm

The New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference promotes work zone safety awareness on local and state roadways for a multi-disciplinary audience of construction, engineering, public safety, maintenance, and operations personnel.

This year’s in-person event will commence with a presentation by the State Police on their observations while conducting Work Zone Safety Inspections. Captain Frank Pumphrey from Cedar Grove Police Department and Brian Crain from OSHA will discuss Struck-by Incidences which occur in Work Zones all too often.  Dr. John Bullough will discuss lighting research and consideration when illuminating a Work Zone.  The keynote presentation will be delivered by Eric Ferron from the FHWA, who will address the recent additions and alterations to the 11th Edition of the MUTCD.  Brian Crossley,   manager of the Temporary Traffic Control Unit with PennDOT, is going to give an update on PennDOT’s Automated Speed Camera Program which was implemented 3 years ago in Pennsylvania.  The conference will conclude with a presentation from the State Police and Laborer Unions 172 & 472 addressing Accountability in Work Zones and the current Safety Campaign being promoted by the Work Zone Safety Partnership.

As part of the program, the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Excellence Awards will be presented to recognize inspiring efforts of individuals, companies and roadway agencies that have demonstrated effective temporary traffic control in planned work zones on New Jersey roadways.

Hosted by Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Partnership (NJWZSP). The NJWZSP is an ad hoc committee with the primary goal of promoting work zone safety education and awareness to reduce the number of workers and road users being injured or killed in work zones. The NJWZSP includes representatives from both the public and private sectors involved with work zone activities.

                                     2024 AGENDA

8:30 a.m.         Opening Remarks

  • David Maruca, Program Development Administrator, Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Michael Rizol, Director (Invited), New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety
  • Steve Luxenberg, Deputy Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, NJ Division
  • Richard Mendelson, Regional II Administrator, US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Francis (Fran) K. O’Connor, Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation

9:00 a.m.         “Work Zone Inspections”

  • James Nuzzi, Unit Head, Construction Unit, New Jersey State Police
  • Steven Napoli, Construction Unit, New Jersey State Police

9:30 a.m.         “Struck-by Incidences”

  • Frank Pumphrey, Cedar Grove Police Department
  • Brian Crain, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

10:15 a.m.       Break

 10:30 a.m.       “Getting the AIM Right with Flashing Service Vehicle Lights”

  • John D. Bullough, Ph.D., Program Director, Light and Health Research Center,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

11:00 a.m.       Keynote Address: “Work Zone Safety and the 11TH Edition of the MUTCD”

  • Eric Ferron, MUTCD Part 6 Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

11:45 p.m.      Presentation of 2024 Work Zone Safety Excellence Awards

 12:00 p.m.      Lunch

1:00 p.m.         “Automated Speed Cameras”

  • Brian Crossley, Manager, Temporary Traffic Control Unit PennDOT

1:45 p.m.         “Work Zone Safety Accountability”

  • SFC Frank Soos, New Jersey State Police
  • Joseph Scerbo Jr., Director, LIUNA Local 472 S.E.T.
  • George Samuelsen, Director, LIUNA Local 172 S.E.T.

2:30 p.m.         Adjourn

4 PDH; 4 CPWM Technical Credits

Fee: This conference is free of charge.

Date & Time

April 4
8:30 am–2:30 pm


Mercer County Community College – Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550 United States


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