Springfield Patch

Citizen Groups Spotlight Need For Bridge Repairs

Three groups gathered in Springfield to highlight the need for updated bridge infrastructure. There are at least three structurally deficient bridges in Springfield.

Springfield Patch — Friday, October 14, 2011

By John De Bellis

"Springfield has at least three bridges that have been deemed 'structurally deficient,'" said Townsend, who is the Organizing and Advocacy Director of the New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA). Structurally deficient means the bridges are no longer able to support the load that is currently being placed on them.

To illustrate her point, Townsend, members of SEIU New Jersey, and the New Jersey Working Families Alliance gathered Wednesday morning at a bridge located in Springfield that spans the Rahway River on Morris Avenue to highlight the need for investment in New Jersey's infrastructure.

"America's infrastructure is crumbling," Townsend said. "The Morris Ave (Route 82) bridge over the Rahway River is one of thousands of bridges throughout New Jersey and our nation that is in ill repair. Every day 28,471 cars travel over this bridge, yet it has structural problems and has not been inspected since July 2009. For public safety and for our economy, we should put people to work fixing our crumbling infrastructure."

Kevin Brown, the New Jersey Area Leader of SEIU 32BJ said "It is essential that we invest in our infrastructure — including roads and bridges — right now. In order for this country to function and lead in the 21st Century we need to update our crumbling and outdated infrastructure in addition to building the infrastructure of the future."

All three groups support the Obama Administration's American Jobs Act, which would pump 1.3 billion dollars of funding for NJ's infrastructure repairs and create more than 17,000 jobs.

Bill Holland, Executive Director of the NJ Working Families Alliance, said "we can afford to create good jobs for everyone in America by ending tax giveaways to big corporations, taxing Wall Street speculation to pay for Main Street job creation, raising taxes on millionaires and cutting wasteful Pentagon spending. And by remembering that the best way to reduce the deficit is to put Americans back to work."

An interactive map outlining crumbling bridges in New Jersey and throughout the United States is available online at www.t4America.org

U.S. states, ranked by percentage of deficient bridges

State

Rank  

Total # of bridges

Number of deficient bridges

Percent deficient

Average daily traffic on all bridges

Average daily traffic on deficient bridges

Percent of daily bridge traffic on deficient bridges

US Total

599,996

68,842

11.50%

4,388,951,391

282,672,680

6.40%

Pennsylvania

1

22,271

5,906

26.50%

129,881,848

22,773,880

17.50%

Oklahoma

2

23,680

5,212

22.00%

67,907,691

7,459,023

11.00%

Iowa

3

24,722

5,371

21.70%

32,277,265

2,324,224

7.20%

Rhode Island

4

754

163

21.60%

15,864,727

3,000,502

18.90%

South Dakota

5

5,890

1,193

20.30%

6,848,545

314,902

4.60%

Nebraska

6

15,372

2,795

18.20%

21,997,416

713,302

3.20%

Missouri

7

23,945

4,071

17.00%

84,592,901

5,946,151

7.00%

West Virginia

8

5,734

957

16.70%

23,752,737

2,648,822

11.20%

North Dakota

9

4,410

710

16.10%

4,741,813

112,165

2.40%

Mississippi

10

17,063

2,650

15.50%

45,859,595

1,442,365

3.10%

New Hampshire

11

2,408

372

15.40%

17,386,850

2,141,826

12.30%

Maine

12

2,393

369

15.40%

9,594,998

1,087,808

11.30%

Michigan

13

10,928

1,437

13.10%

89,862,500

8,764,101

9.80%

North Carolina

14

18,099

2,353

13.00%

113,730,538

8,162,973

7.20%

South Carolina

15

9,236

1,199

13.00%

44,140,233

3,292,993

7.50%

Wyoming

16

3,060

395

12.90%

7,229,178

887,449

12.30%

Louisiana

17

13,361

1,722

12.90%

74,404,236

3,682,931

4.90%

California

18

24,542

3,135

12.80%

626,942,729

82,647,465

13.20%

Hawaii

19

1,135

141

12.40%

27,657,486

1,800,369

6.50%

District of Columbia

20

244

30

12.30%

7,889,981

868,483

11.00%

Alaska

21

1,134

138

12.20%

3,626,809

179,337

4.90%

Vermont

22

2,711

326

12.00%

6,830,008

568,281

8.30%

New York

23

17,365

2,088

12.00%

181,001,105

15,096,756

8.30%

Kansas

24

25,320

2,815

11.10%

44,138,365

877,487

2.00%

Massachusetts

25

5,102

561

11.00%

119,948,269

10,408,421

8.70%

Indiana

26

18,532

1,968

10.60%

90,464,071

5,726,593

6.30%

New Jersey

27

6,517

674

10.30%

153,593,901

11,324,590

7.40%

Alabama

28

16,017

1,592

9.90%

77,858,906

3,309,811

4.30%

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