Bridge on Route 3 in East Rutherford in “Intolerable” Condition.

3 08 2007

New Jersey has eight bridges similar to the Minnesota span that collapsed Wednesday — and five are in poor shape, according to state records. Among the worst of these bridges is the Route 3 bridge in East Rutherford.

The state’s old-fashioned “arch-truss” bridges, many built after the turn of the 20th century, are symptomatic of how New Jersey’s aging infrastructure is deteriorating. Bridges of varying designs throughout the state are in need of major structural repair in order to remain safely in use.

The collapse of the Interstate 35W arch-truss bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, prompted Governor Corzine on Thursday to order the state Department of Transportation to immediately examine the status of New Jersey’s 6,400 bridges before it’s too late.

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3 08 2007
Abi Gezunt

This is crazy. Why does it take a bridge collapse, multiple deaths and injuries and million in property damage to get states to look at their bridges? Every day when I commute, even before the tragedy in Minnesota, I wonder how the helix going in to the Lincoln Tunnel holds up – you can actually see cement crumbling. The same with that tunnel going from the Holland Tunnel to the 1&9.

5 08 2007
esther

big surprise there

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