Officials warn about NJ’s roads and bridges

State officials and interest groups are stepping up warnings about the dire state of New Jersey’s bridges, roads and tunnels.

The caution comes as the state’s transportation trust fund faces insolvency and as lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie meet behind the scenes to reach an agreement on paying for infrastructure.

Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox this week ordered a review of New Jersey’s 597 structurally deficient bridges. He also announced the closure of part of a bridge leading to the Lincoln Tunnel.

A business-labor alliance called Forward NJ has run ads calling for officials to reach an agreement, while the conservative Americans For Prosperity has collected 1,000 signatures on a petition asking lawmakers not to raise taxes.

The fund is set to reach insolvency by July 1.

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