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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Kim calls for investment in NJ bridges

By Nikita Biryukov, May 01 2019 4:38 pm

It’s infrastructure week in Washington.

Following an agreement between President Donald and Democratic leaders that would see $2 trillion invested into the country’s roads, bridges and tunnels, some New Jersey lawmakers are focused on the Gateway Tunnel.

Not Rep. Andy Kim.

Kim, whose district lies far from the state’s north end, spent his time testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee calling for improvements to the state’s crumbling bridges.

“A recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association showed that in my district alone, there are 44 structurally deficient bridges and another 155 in need of repair,” Kim said. “What does that mean for the people I represent here in Congress? It means when they exit the New Jersey Turnpike on Exit 5 and go north to Route 130, they drive over three structurally deficient bridges. Just one of those bridges, over Pompeston Creek, has nearly 68,000 trips per day.”

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