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July 15, 2015

Pretty much every driver in New Jersey knows that the state’s roads and bridges are in need of repair, and the U.S. Department of Transportation agrees. On Tuesday it released a list of all states and their infrastructure needs for motor-vehicle transportation.

According to the report, New Jersey’s poor road conditions are costing motorists $3.476 million a year in extra repair costs, which works out to $601 per driver. That’s because the US DOT says 66 percent of our roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Bridges didn’t far much better, with 35.5 percent of them (2,334 of 6,566) considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

What was surprising was that New Jersey is not the only state with severe infrastructure problems. Six states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin all had a higher percentage of roads in need of repair.

But only Connecticut and Rhode Island could compete with New Jersey’s double whammy of roads and bridges in such bad shape. Connecticut has 35 percent of its bridges rated as structurally deficient or obsolete, and 73 percent of its roads seriously in need of repair. Rhode Island has 56.5 percent of its bridges rated as “poor” and 70 percent of its roads in need of repair.

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