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April 28, 2014

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.

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