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By the Numbers: New Jersey’s Soaring Infrastructure Costs

It will take an almost unfathomable amount of money to bring NJ's various infrastructures up to where they should be.

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.

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