About 10.3 percent of New Jersey’s bridges are structurally deficient, according to a report by Transportation America, a Washington D.C.-based coalition of smart growth, housing and realty organizations that is advocating for transportation reform. That ranks the Garden State 27th in the country (1 being the worst, 51 the best) in terms of bridge stability.
New Jersey has 6,517 bridges, with an annual daily traffic of 153.6 million. The report cited 674 bridges as structurally deficient, which have an annual daily traffic of 11.3 million. Sussex County has the largest number of deficient bridges (19.4 percent) and Cumberland County has the fewest (3 percent), but neither of those counties see much daily traffic. Of the counties that experience large volume, Bergen fared worst and Union County fared best.
The five structurally deficient bridges with the most traffic are Camden County’s I-76 bridge, one mile north of I-295; Morris County’s I-287 bridge near the intersection of Route 10; Bergen County’s Route 17 bridge, 1.5 miles south of Route 4; Passaic County’s Route 3 bridge at the junction of Route 21; Hudson County’s 495 that crosses US 1 and 9 and Paterson Plank Road.