When it comes to our highways, New Jersey ranks as extravagant for its size. From the Courier Post…
New Jersey has the fourth-smallest state-owned highway system in the country, but with some $6 billion total funds spent ranked highest with $2.2 million spent per mile of road. The national average was $128,538 per mile, with the national low in South Caroline at $31,685 per mile.
David Hartgen, professor of transportation studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of the study, said the report aims to show how states compare with their total funds and what they get in return.
“They have an aging system, lots of traffic, heavy truck traffic, lots of development, not the greatest weather in the country. . . . Certainly not a good situation,” Hartgen said.