Senator Jeff Van Drew sent a letter to Governor Christie requesting that he consider repurposing the state portion of funds for the canceled ARC tunnel for transportation needs across the state.
The Senator told the Governor that while the ARC tunnel was an important and worthwhile project, he agreed with his decision to cancel it based on the potential for massive cost overruns.
“That said, we cannot escape the very real fact that countless roads, bridges and rails across this state are in desperate need of repair,” Van Drew wrote.
As an example, Senator Van Drew pointed to the Great Egg Harbor Bridge in the Cape May-Atlantic county region, which has taken on traffic from a parallel bridge that was closed in 2004. The Great Egg Harbor Bridge, officially called the Garden State Parkway Bridge, would also be used as an evacuation route out of Cape May County in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster. This bridge is also of great concern since Cape May County was recently ranked the sixth most difficult area in the country to evacuate in the event of a hurricane.
“I am certain these kinds of infrastructure needs exist in every region of the state,” Senator Van Drew wrote. “To ensure they are addressed, I respectfully ask that you consider repurposing the state portion of the tunnel funds for transportation projects. I know it won’t be popular with everyone, but reallocating the ARC funding would help create immediate jobs while making much-needed infrastructure improvements, both of which would be to the benefit of residents across the state.”