Congressman Kim Reiterates Call for Robust Infrastructure Investment in Coronavirus Recovery

April 14, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Kim Reiterates Call for Robust Infrastructure Investment in Coronavirus Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) reiterated his calls for robust investment in New Jersey’s infrastructure as a critical part of any economic recovery plan following the Coronavirus pandemic, citing today’s released study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association stating that Burlington and Ocean Counties have dozens of structurally deficient bridges in need of repair.

“Investing in our infrastructure isn’t just about making our roads and bridges safer, it’s about making sure those small businesses and members of the building trades who are struggling right now can get out of this economic crisis,” said Congressman Kim. “I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this done, and will continue to make this a priority as we work towards recovery.”

The study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association shows that in New Jersey’s 3rd District, 44 bridges are structurally deficient, and 163 bridges are in need of repair. Of these, the most utilized bridge in Burlington County in need of repair is Route 130 over Pompeston Creek, which was built in 1925 and sees nearly 68,000 daily crossings. The most utilized bridge in Ocean County in need of repair is Route 166 over No.Channel of Toms River, which sees approximately 27,000 daily crossings.

Last month, Congressman Kim called on House leadership to prioritize infrastructure investment in any long-term economic recovery plan. The letter, which can be found by clicking here, states that it is, “critically important for any upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package to prioritize infrastructure investments.” The letter specifically calls for funding for, “new projects to rebuild our roads, bridges and tunnels” as well as projects that expand access to, “medical transportation, funds clean water projects, and boosts job quality and creation.”

Information about Congressman Kim’s actions to contain the Coronavirus pandemic and address the ongoing economic impact can be found on his website by clicking here.


Congressman Kim is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here.

 

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