TRENTON — New Jersey is considering a pilot program to see if it could save money by placing highway maintenance in the hands of the private sector.

The Transportation Department is preparing to solicit bids.

DOT spokesman Joe Dee told The Record newspaper bidders would be asked to provide the costs of filling potholes, plowing snow, mowing medians and even removing deer carcasses.

Dee told the newspaper there are no plans to lay off DOT maintenance workers. They would be moved elsewhere if a private vendor is selected to maintain a section of highway.

Details about what roads would be part of the program have not been determined.