Gottheimer claims Oakland infrastructure bill

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OAKLAND, NJ – Representative Josh Gottheimer recently hosted a press conference at the Patriot’s Way Bridge in Oakland, where he highlighted how new provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure bill could help infrastructure in North Jersey.

According to Gottheimer’s office, the bill will make “a historic investment in bridges, with more than $ 8 billion arriving right here in New Jersey over the next five years, just for our roads and bridges.”

Investments are also planned for the Gateway tunnel, electric vehicle infrastructure, drinking water, public transport and climate resilience.

The Patriots Way Bridge in Oakland, which is a multi-span structure over the Ramapo River, is the primary entry and exit for more than 400 families, according to Gottheimer’s office.

Although it was built in the 1990s, the structural steel has already deteriorated considerably and the superstructure needs to be replaced.

A closure for short-term repairs has affected many aspects of the quality of life of residents of the Ramapo River Reserve, including commuting, garbage and recycling collection, school transportation for children , emergency response and delivery services.

“In New Jersey, a third of our bridges are considered unsafe; we have the third worst roads in the country. Our crumbling infrastructure is hurting our families and our economy. But fixing the Patriots Way Bridge and others like it is exactly the type of critical project the bipartisan infrastructure bill can become a reality now not later, all without increasing the tax burden on residents of the north of Jersey, ”Gottheimer said.

Watch the full press conference here:


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