Lawmakers: Transportation Trust Fund needs extension

Federal aid that funds repairs to New Jersey bridges and tunnels will run out at the end of May unless Congress acts.

New Jersey's transportation commissioner says that bridges across the state are in urgent need of repair. A large number of bridges have had to be shut down this year because they are too dangerous for residents to drive across.

Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone are urging Congress to extend the funding for the federal Transportation Trust Fund through the end of 2015. They would like to see the fund extended even further if possible so repair projects aren't at risk of being stopped halfway.

Nearly 75 percent of the money needed to repair or replace a bridge in New Jersey comes from the federal government.

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