New Jersey will receive $1.14 billion in federal funding for highway bridge repairs
The Biden administration is making the biggest investment in repairing and replacing bridges since the creation of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. The president has authorized $40 billion in infrastructure funds to replace or repair road bridges.
There are approximately 500 broken bridges in New Jersey. The state will receive $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 bad bridges nationwide. States can do more than that depending on the bridges they are targeting.
“For states like New York and New Jersey and Connecticut, there’s a way to get those dollars to go further, which is if they focus on the smaller ones, which we let’s call them locally owned ‘off-system bridges.’
Pollack says states can use federal money to fix bridges they think need the most work. She says any New Jersey resident who knows of a bridge that needs repairs should contact local officials or the state Department of Transportation.