April is New Jersey Underground Damage Prevention Month
NJBPU President Richard S. Mroz Encourages
Homeowners to “Call 811 Before You Dig”
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President, Richard S. Mroz, and New Jersey utility leaders will hold a news conference to discuss the “Call 811 Before You Dig” initiative, a national campaign designed to raise awareness and remind homeowners, contractors, and excavators about the critical importance of calling 811, New Jersey One Call, to request a mark out of underground utilities before digging. In addition, NJBPU President Mroz will present a Proclamation issued by Governor Christie recognizing April as New Jersey Underground Damage Prevention Month.
The 811 Bike and 811 Car, two vehicles designed and built by Paul Teutul, Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs (“American Chopper”) will be on display. Millions of people watched the 811 Bike’s construction in 2012 on Discovery Channel’s show “American Chopper: Junior vs. Senior”. It’s a ten foot long motorcycle with an 85 horsepower Crazy Horse Bottlecap V-plus 100 engine. The 811 Car, built in 2016, is a specially customized Callaway Corvette SC757 Z06, super-charged with 757 horsepower and 777 lbs-ft of torque. Several details that stress the importance of calling 811 prior to any digging and the need to follow safe digging practices have been incorporated into the construction of these vehicles. Sharp-eyed observers will see pick-ax heads, backhoe buckets, a shovel blade and handle, the 811 logo, and more.
The media event is open to the public and will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, open to the public between 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. At 11:00 A.M., President Mroz will read and present Governor Christie’s Proclamation on the steps of the War Memorial near the State House in Trenton.
The New Jersey Common Ground Alliance (NJCGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices. In recent years, the association has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.