New Jersey’s bridges are in terrible shape, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, with a full 10 percent of them structurally deficient and 26 percent functionally obsolete.
A structurally deficient bridge — New Jersey has 624 of them — means that one or more of the key elements, such as the deck, superstructure, or substructure, is consider to be in “poor” or even worse condition.
A functionally obsolete bridge — a category that includes 1,710 bridges in the Garden State — means that it does not meet design standards in line with current practice.
The state estimates that it would cost approximately $6 billion to fix these 2,325 bridges. Since 2004, 392 new bridges have been built in New Jersey and 260 others have undergone major reconstruction.