Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Planning Commission adopted a sobering infrastructure needs assessment for the state over the next two decades. Although the assessment was based on implementation of the 2002 State Development and Redevelopment Plan, a point often cited by critics, it portrays a staggering requirement to invest in New Jersey’s transportation, environmental, and commerce infrastructure.
$178.1 billion: Estimated infrastructure improvements needed from 2008-2028.
$139.1 billion: The total projected amount the state needs to invest in its transportation and commerce infrastructure system beginning in 2008 and ending in 2028.
$109.2 billion: What New Jersey needs to spend to upgrade and improve its roads, bridges, and tunnels.
$38.9 billion: Estimated investment required to maintain public health and environmental infrastructure systems, including water supply and wastewater treatment.
$22.9 billion: The projected investment needed to keep New Jersey’s public transportation system up and running.
$13 billion: Amount of deferred maintenance allowed to accumulate for New Jersey transportation systems.
$10.9 billion: Projected costs of maintaining and upgrading wastewater disposal facilities.
$10.1 billion: Projected costs of maintaining parks and recreational facilities.
$9.9 billion: Projected costs of fixing stormwater management systems, a major source of pollution of New Jersey’s waterways.
$7.9 billion: Estimated investment needed in public water supply systems.
$1.9 billion: The projected expenditures to keep freight moving in New Jersey, including its ports.
$760 million: What the state needs to spend to upgrade its aviation facilities.
$210 million: New Jersey’s unmet needs in improving its public outdoor recreational facilities and its parkland.
127 million: Amount of tonnage moved through New Jersey’s ports in waterborne traffic in 2005, ranking it fifth in the nation.
$554: Estimated amount each New Jersey driver spends every year in extra vehicle repairs and operating expenses because of poorly maintained roads.
78: Percentage of New Jersey’s major roads that are in poor or mediocre condition, according to a 2009 report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
64: Percentage of New Jersey’s major urban highways that are congested.
59: Percentage of NJ Transit bridges older than 75 years.
49: Average age of bridges in New Jersey.
37: Percentage of bridges in New Jersey deemed to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
37: Number of urban communities where combined sewer overflow systems remain a concern. In times of heavy rainfall, the CSO systems dump raw or largely untreated sewage into the state’s waterways.