NJ needs to map out road and bridge projects, state Senate leader says

As New Jersey’s fund for transportation projects runs out of money, the leader of the state Senate is calling for a road map to prioritize road and bridge improvements.

 

A comprehensive plan is needed to identify the most pressing needs of New Jersey’s transportation system over the next 10 to 20 years, said Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“What doesn’t work is every three years coming up with something that basically is addressing critical needs, because we are in a crisis right now, but with no plan to improve,” he said Wednesday.

Former Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri and Martin Robins, director emeritus of the Voorhees Transportation Policy Center at Rutgers, will help Sweeney develop a plan he’ll present to Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie was roundly criticized by lawmakers Tuesday following his State of the State address for not providing specifics on issues such as the Transportation Trust Fund.

A consensus on transportation project development will ensure a smooth flow of traffic and help attract business to the state, Sweeney said.

His proposal does not mention how those projects would be funded.

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