New Jersey to get $1.14 billion in federal funds for highway bridge repairs
The Biden administration is making the biggest investment in bridge repair and replacement since the interstate highway system was created in the 1950s. The president authorized $40 billion in infrastructure money earmarked to replace or repair highway bridges.
There are about 500 bridges in poor condition in New Jersey. The state will get $1.14 billion for repairs.
News 12 New Jersey spoke with a Biden administration official who said the funding should be enough to cover about a third of the bad bridges nationwide. States can do more than that depending on what bridges they target.
"For states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, there's a way that they can make those dollars go farther, which is if they focus on the smaller, what we call 'off system bridges’ that are locally owned. In order to incentivize states to tackle them, the federal money can be used to cover 100% of the cost,” says Stephanie Pollack, deputy administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.
Pollack says states can use the federal money to fix whatever bridges they believe need the most work. She says that any New Jersey resident who knows a bridge that needs repairs should contact local elected officials or the state Department of Transportation.