The Purpose and Need Statement is a critical component of the project development process. This project definition helps in developing suitable alternatives, assessing them and ultimately selecting the preliminary preferred alternative. Below is the draft Purpose and Need Statement developed for this study. A public comment period was provided on the below purpose and needs statement, which was finalized after November 30, 2018.

 

Purpose & Need Statement

The purpose of this project is to provide freight transportation infrastructure that meets current industry standards in order to promote economic development and optimize freight movement particularly with the existing vertical clearance limitations of the South Main Street Bridge over the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line in Phillipsburg.