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How Safe are New Jersey’s Bridges?

The roads and bridges in New Jersey are some of the oldest in the United States. Our state suffers from heavy congestion and a dense population that serve to accelerate the degradation of our roads and bridges. The state has made several efforts to bring our bridges up to standard for the purposes of safety – but how successful have those efforts been? New Jersey Bridges – The 8th Worst in the Country According to statistics released by the Federal Highway Administration, 34.5 percent of the bridges in New Jersey needed repairs due to inadequate ability to manage traffic loads or because they failed current safety standards. The nationwide average of unsafe bridges rests around 23 percent, for comparison. Fortunately, the state inspects its bridges regularly. Just because a bridge is rated unsafe does not mean collapse is imminent. If a significant structural problem is discovered, the state shuts it…
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