New Jersey Highway Condition Report Affirms Priorities in Christie Administration’s 5-year Transportation Capital Plan
Plan’s sustained investment helps meet need to improve New Jersey roads
(Trenton) - Governor Chris Christie today announced the findings of a New Jersey Department of Transportation report on the condition of the state’s roadways that underscores the importance of the Christie Administration’s $8 billion, 5-year Transportation Capital Plan, which includes enhanced and sustained roadway preservation funding with no increase in taxes.
“New Jersey’s roads take a beating from heavy traffic and our transportation-based industries. We need a sustained, multi-year effort to improve the condition of our state’s roads,” Christie said. “This new roadway condition report spells out the need for high investment levels, and our five-year transportation capital plan paves the way for better roads and economic growth.”
NJDOT uses a comprehensive pavement management plan to make the best use of limited resources. The plan draws on a menu of improvement options, including preventive maintenance, resurfacing and roadway reconstruction, all of which take advantage of the Department’s expedited project delivery system.
“The Governor’s Transportation Capital Plan uses hard data to drive investment decisions, and helps New Jersey turn a corner toward smoother, safer roads,” Commissioner James Simpson said.
Under the proposed FY 12 capital program, which is the first year of the five-year Transportation Capital Plan, investments in roadway preservation projects would reach $284 million, or $93 million more than the current year. Over the five-year plan, roadway preservation investments are slated to reach $1.35 billion.
According to the NJDOT Roadway Pavement System report (pdf 2.9m) for FY 10, half of the state-maintained roads are in a deficient condition. The percentage of deficient roads has hovered near the 50 percent mark since 2004.
However, 80 percent would be rated fair or good and would meet the Department’s 10-year Asset Management goal if the investment levels called for in the proposed Transportation Capital Plan are sustained for the next 10 years.
NJDOT maintains slightly more than 13,000 lane miles of roads, shoulders and ramps statewide. The road condition report rates the 8,400 lane miles of roads.