ASCE’s New Jersey Section Releases Report Card for the State
ASCE’s New Jersey Section released the 2016 Report Card for New Jersey’s Infrastructure today in Trenton. Using a straightforward A to F school report card system, the 2016 New Jersey Infrastructure Report Card is a snapshot of our current infrastructure conditions and needs. The Report Card also outlines a vision for what our infrastructure will look like in the future and some of the actions needed to get there.
The overall grade for the state is a D+, with three steps outlined that would start to raise the grades:
- FIX THE NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND Bridges, roads and transit in our state all get the majority of their funding from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), and beginning in July 2016, it will no longer be able to fund new projects and all remaining revenue will be used to pay off existing bills. New Jersey’s economy relies on transportation systems – from roads to rails – and after 25 years of not changing how we fund it, it’s time to decide on a long-term funding fix for transportation in New Jersey.
- KEEP REBUILDING RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE Superstorm Sandy impacted every type of infrastructure in New Jersey, and as we’ve rebuilt, we’re not just doing it the same way – we’re building more resilient infrastructure. Whenever we do work, let’s prepare for the future. Damage from storms, floods, and other disasters can be minimized if our critical infrastructure is made more resilient, and every time we start a project we should see it as an investment in building a stronger core infrastructure for the future.
- BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE STARTS WITH BETTER CHOICES With mounting needs from age and delayed maintenance, serious attention needs to be given to assets that are ready to retire. Also, until they do reach their life expectancy, every dollar is going to need to be used to get the best possible performing overall system. NJDOT and others are already trying to do this by using prioritization and monitoring to strategically determine where to spend constrained resources. With evolving technology approaches and a right-on-time maintenance strategy, New Jersey’s infrastructure can go from system-critical to system-driven.
The Report Card has been compiled by civil engineering professionals and educators in New Jersey who assign grades according to the following criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. The Report Card will cover: Water, Wastewater, Parks, Dams, Levees, Ports, Roads, Rail, Transit, Bridges, Energy, Hazardous Waste, and Solid Waste.
Read the full report card here.