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Outdated Road in NJ Stands as Symbol of Nation's Infrastructure Crisis

$1.2 billion in emergency repairs to Pulaski Skyway typical of problems plaguing America’s highways and bridges

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Credit: New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Library

America’s sprawling highway network is one of its greatest assets -- and one of its greatest weaknesses. The nation’s 200,000 miles of highways and bridges has helped fuel decades of prosperity – but we’ve become dependent upon it, and it’s falling apart, and it needs trillions of dollars in repairs and upgrades.

New Jersey’s 80-year-old Pulaski Skyway, which carries about 70,000 vehicles daily through some of the most heavily industrialized tracts in the U.S., running from the vicinity of Newark Liberty Airport to the Holland Tunnel, is emblematic of the nationwide problem. The elevated roadway is falling apart. It’s “functionally obsolete.” But it’s desperately needed, which is why construction crews are completing a two-year, $1.2 billion rehabilitation of the Pulaski’s concrete deck and steel cross braces.

Read and listen to the full report by public radio’s “Marketplace” on the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

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