MONMOUTH COUNTY - As the New Jersey Department of Transportation gets ready to release its list of road projects that may come to a stop due to a lack of money, many towns across the state are making preparations for the possibility that it could be a while before certain roads are fixed.
State lawmakers failed to come up with a plan to replenish the transportation trust fund. As a result, Gov. Chris Christie ordered the DOT to come up with a list of road projects that will come to a stop. DOT officials had until July 1 to come up with the list.
The transportation fund is nearly empty and state officials want to make sure that there is enough money left for emergency road work only.
The decision has left many road projects in limbo. Monmouth County freeholders calculate that they have 11 projects that received at least partial funding from the transportation trust fund.
The Keyport-Aberdeen Bridge was one such project. Freeholders are now concerned that the $23 million project might be delayed. Some of the money was to come from the trust fund.
Drivers say that they are worried about the deteriorating conditions on the roads as the money runs out and work stops.
“There’s potholes on major roads and side streets that have done damage to my car and other peoples cars,” says Neptune resident Alison Clark.
“It’s sad. I’m ready to pack it in and move elsewhere but where do you go?” asks Point Pleasant resident Kevin Womack.
Lawmakers wanted to increase the state’s gas tax to replenish the fund, but could not agree on a plan. They will not be back in session until August.
Officials at the DOT say that the governor has not officially ordered work to stop, but to only prepare for the eventuality.