Gov: I-95 paving project in Mercer County will be done by fall 2018

 Governor Christie says the gas tax hike is being used to help improve the state's roadways. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Governor Christie says the gas tax hike is being used to help improve the state's roadways. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Thanks to a higher gas tax, more than 925 road and transit projects are underway in New Jersey. Governor Christie is touting one set to improve a stretch of a heavily traveled highway in Mercer County.

Christie said the $15 million resurfacing of a five-mile portion of Interstate 95 through Ewing, Hopewell, and Lawrence will begin this summer and be completed in the fall of 2018.

“This project will extend the functional life of the existing pavement and save on future rehabilitation costs. It’s really important because about 86,000 vehicles travel this section of roadway every day and having adequate pavement is imperative to the folks driving on it in that daily commute.”

The state raised the gas tax 23 cents a gallon last year to replenish the Trust Fund. Christie said it will allocate $2 billion annually for eight years for road and mass transit projects.

“These projects are essential to maintaining consistent growth of our state’s economy, not only by creating jobs for the men and women who do the work on the roadways, but also by making sure that the folks who are using out infrastructure are using it in a way that doesn’t damage their vehicles.”

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