A Floating Train Modernizes
Jersey City, NJ
While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, New Jersey faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in New Jersey costs each driver $713 per year, and 7.8% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in New Jersey are an estimated $8.6 billion. 229 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $1.58 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes New Jersey’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st-century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, New Jersey, and families can no longer afford.
4 major airports
6,786 bridges, 7.8% of which were structurally deficient in 2019
229 high hazard dams
$8.6 billion total drinking water need over 20 years
910 outages between 2008 and 2017
151 Superfund sites
360 miles of inland waterways
99 miles of levees protect 21,100 residents.
$223,212,560 in deferred park maintenance
3 major water ports
952 miles of rail across the state
37% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $713 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair
$1.58 billion gap in estimated school capital expenditures.
8,903,273 tons of municipal solid waste
405.5 million passenger trips in 2018
$17.5 billion in wastewater needs
Smart investment will only be possible with strong leadership, decisive action, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.
If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure system fit for the future some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased, long-term, consistent investment.
We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.
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