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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Burlington County Freeholders Urge State Leaders To Fix Transportation Trust Fund

Director Garganio

Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced today that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders has unanimously passed a resolution calling on State leaders to reauthorize the Transportation Trust Fund with dedicated, stable, and sufficient sources of funding, to increase Local Aid allocations under the State’s Transportation Trust Fund, and to prioritize replacement of the Centerton Road Bridge in the allocation of such funding.

“For years now this Board has been working to raise awareness about the importance of fully and permanently funding the State Transportation Trust Fund,” said Director Garganio. “We, like many of our residents, have grown increasingly frustrated as month after month goes by without action. Maintaining and investing in our infrastructure is critical for the safety of our residents, attracting businesses and jobs to our region, and reducing the burden on our local property taxes.”

“Unfortunately this is another in a growing list of issues on which our representatives in Trenton have left local governments and taxpayers footing the bill for statewide problems,” Garganio continued. “It should be noted that the New Jersey Association of Counties reports that Local Aid from the State’s Transportation Capital Program, used to help fund projects such as this one, has decreased by over 56%. This is despite the fact that county and municipal roads and bridges carry an estimated 53% of the state’s overall traffic yet inequitably receive only 12% of funding under the State’s annual $1.6 billion transportation program.”

“Burlington County residents, like many throughout New Jersey, have already begun to bear the burden of the State’s inaction on this important issue,” Garganio explained. “Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of the Centerton Road Bridge which, after over 100 years of use and County funded maintenance, is in need of full replacement at a projected cost of over $20 million, far exceeding the annual County budget for all bridge and road maintenance. To put this in perspective, the County typically spends an average of $15 million a year to maintain all of our roads and bridges. We need the State to step up and do its job for our residents.”

Burlington County maintains over 400 bridges, 700 culverts, 243 traffic control devices, and over 500 miles of roads throughout our county.

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