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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on February 11, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Dangerous bridges, the recent move by some to consider raising the gas tax, and the second lowest gas tax in the US. Read about the infrastructure crisis affecting our country, here published on NPR by Joel rose on February 10, 2015. 

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.

"It's living proof that what we've been saying is correct," says Tom Bracken, head of New Jersey's Chamber of Commerce. Of about 600 "structurally deficient bridges in New Jersey, there are some that, right now, are very dangerous," he says.

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