New Jersey

Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Bridges
  3. Mass Transit

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 36% of New Jersey’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 213 high hazard dams in New Jersey. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 315 of New Jersey’s 1,717 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 2% of high hazard dams in New Jersey have no emergency action plan (EAP). An EAP is a predetermined plan of action to be taken including roles, responsibilities and procedures for surveillance, notification and evacuation to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage in an area affected by a failure or mis-operation of a dam.
  • New Jersey’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $6.92 billion over the next 20 years.
  • New Jersey ranked 12th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 8th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • New Jersey’s ports handled 127 million tons of waterborne traffic in 2005, ranking it 5th in the nation.
  • New Jersey reported an unmet need of $210 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 78% of New Jersey’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 64% of New Jersey’s major urban highways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on New Jersey’s highways increased 29% from 1990 to 2007.
  • New Jersey transportation systems have a deferred maintenance backlog of $13 billion.
  • New Jersey has $9.15 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.


*Survey of the state’s ASCE members conducted in September 2008
Deficient Bridge Report, Federal Highway Administration, 2008.
National Inventory of Dams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2008.
Drinking Water Needs Survey and Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency, 2003.
National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.
The U.S. Waterway System – Transportation Facts, Navigation Data Center, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, February 2007.
2007 Annual Report, Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, National Park Service.
TRIP Fact Sheet, March 2009.
Grading the States ’08: A Management Report Card, Government Performance Project, Governing Magazine.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.
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