Infrastructure in New Jersey

New Jersey Infrastructure Overview

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.

Key Facts about New Jersey's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure


$11.4 million in 2022 airport improvement grants across 4 major airports

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$12.3 billion total drinking water need

transportation infrastructure


159 million passenger trips across 34 systems in 2021

bridge infrastructure


6,798 bridges, 7.1% of which were structurally deficient in 2021

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

152 Superfund sites

wastewater infrastructure


$17.5 billion total wastewater need

dam infrastructure


231 high hazard dams



99 miles of levees protect 21,100 residents

road infrastructure


57% of roads are in poor or fair condition

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grants

$128M for Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in Highlands
$26M for Route 7 drainage improvements
$3.5M for dam removal on the Musconetcong River
$300K for the Billybey Ferry Company

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
Leadership & Action

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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