Welcome to Road to Repair
Last year we had a tremendous response to the Road to Repair campaign. The people of New Jersey will now benefit from safer roads and bridges thanks to the re-authorization of Transportation Trust Fund, and it’s the kind of victory we are working toward in New York. When we invest in our infrastructure we see more than improved roads and bridges, cleaner water, and more efficient energy infrastructure; we get a real return on investment, and that means more money in the pockets of residents.
Our work is not done yet. As we look ahead to 2017 and beyond, we are focused on finding solutions to the next frontier of infrastructure challenges we face, including improving and upgrading our region’s water infrastructure systems. Leaks in mains, pipes and other infrastructure cost the state millions of dollars to replace, and major infrastructure failures are a threat to public safety. Experts estimate that New Jersey’s water infrastructure alone requires $8 billion over the next 10 years to protect our water supply, maintain efficient and safe delivery of drinking water and dispose of waste.
A holistic strategy – which tackles aging pipes, mains and other water resources and sees them as a single, unified system – is essential to provide safe, clean water and protect public health across the state. While we know this won’t be easy, this work can create jobs, grow the economy and protect the water supply for generations to come.
Water won’t be the only thing we tackle in 2017. The ASCE also gave a score of “C+” to New Jersey’s energy resources, which includes decades-old pipelines that are in need of repair. Investing in these pipelines will create a reliable supply of low-cost clean natural gas, needed to power homes and businesses throughout New York and New Jersey. New pipelines will create jobs, lower gas and electric bills, and increase our use of clean, American energy. It’s a win-win for our region.
Check back here for more information as we get underway!