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$400 Million Repair Cost for Bergen Bridges [Interactive Map]

One Bergen County bridge fell to the bottom of the list of structurally deficient bridges in New Jersey. Check out the interactive map below from NJ Spotlight.

The most structurally deficient bridge in New Jersey is right here in Bergen County, according to a new study.

The Court Street Bridge a mile north of I-80 in Hackensack, which has been recently repaired, sits at the bottom of the list of deficient bridges across the state, according to a NJ Spotlight analysis of data from the National Bridge Inventory.

The analysis looked at infrastructure across the state and found that one in four bridges "is in poor condition or inadequate to handle modern traffic loads."

The price tag to fix the deficiencies across Bergen County comes in at approximately $400 million, while the cost to fix bridges across New Jersey is approximately $6 billion.

According to NJ Spotlight, however, the ultimate cost to repair bridges statewide may end up being even higher because some of the NBI cost estimates may date back several years.

The average age for the 904 bridges inventoried by the NBI is 52 years, according to the study. Of those 904 bridges, 6 percent are structurally deficient and another 20 percent are functionally obsolete. 

Across the state 9.3 were rated “structurally deficient,” a term meaning the bridges are in a deteriorated condition or the pass below the bridge is inadequate. Still another 16.3 percent are “functionally obsolete,” which means lane, shoulder and other clearances were deficient, or the bridges occasionally flooded.

Federal highway officials note that the designations do not necessarily mean the bridges are critically unsafe, but that they are in need rehab, repair or replacement.

The Court Street Bridge underwent extensive rehabilitation over the past several years to the tune of $19.2 million, according to northjersey.com.  More than $17 million came from a 2010 federal stimulus package.

The bridge was reopened in September last year, presumably after the NBI data had been compiled.

BellairBerdan April 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Unfortunately Marty, people like you have decided it is much more important to subsidize corporations and the rich than it is to take care of our infrastructure. The rich aren't satisfied with $15 in food stamps a month or $30 in phone service. For some reason it is thought it is OK for some to pay a lesser percentage of their income in taxes because they make more and need it less. Take for instance that state income tax. If you work for a larger corporation chances are they will deduct those taxes from your check and then are allowed to keep that money. Good gig huh? If it wasn't for the "shameless" Republicans willing to make the poor and middle class pay the way for those that don't need the help we wouldn't be in this predicament. Christie has had 3 years in trying this experiment and it has failed. How's that Jersey Comeback working for ya? By your comments not so well.
Matt Allen April 30, 2013 at 04:44 PM
There you go again Bellair, responding to numbers with inance rambling. 1) If we are paying so much in taxes and tolls, where is all that money disappearing? Why can infrastructure not be supported by all those existing taxes? We are paying $13 to use tunnels and bridges built 50+ years ago. Where is that money going? 2) I know what my income is and I just completed my taxes. I paid more than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama did last year in taxes. But Obama wants to raise MY taxes more, after already having raised it once. Why? Dont give me inane talk about rich paying less. I and my wife clear the 1% hurdle and are well away from being even close to millionaires. We absolutely pay more in taxes than any middle class family. Yet our taxes are being hiked. To what purpose?
BellairBerdan April 30, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I'm sorry Matt but your numbers just don't make sense, but then neither do you. But I'm sure you know because you're so "1%'er" that the bridge tolls go to support ALL the Port Authority projects. Keep dreaming, Brother.
Matt Allen April 30, 2013 at 06:06 PM
"the bridge tolls go to support ALL the Port Authority projects" Like what? Fare based PATH train system? Fare based light rails? Fee funded airports? Commercial revenue funded buildings? Come on Bellair. Dont be the silent defender of mooching. Tell us. Where does all the money we pay in taxes, tolls and fees disappear? Why do we not have any money to repair bridges after paying trillions in taxes and fees?
BellairBerdan April 30, 2013 at 06:31 PM
See my first comment, Matt (I'm really getting to you, aren't I?)


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