New Jersey bridge repairs could cost billions

| Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation says it will cost more than $13.5 billion to fix all of the state’s bridges.

“We’ve got a real problem,” Gov. Jon Corzine told the Newark Star-Ledger.

The DOT report contends that – lacking any other funding sources – it would take a 20-percent increase in tolls to pay for the repairs.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, Oct. 2, comes as Corzine works on a state transportation plan that he’s expected to unveil soon.

One assembly member told the Star-Ledger she’s suspect of the timing of the report, and thinks it’s designed to bolster whatever plan the governor comes out with.

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