August 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM
ROSELLE, NJ - Senate President Steve Sweeney, Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley, Councilwoman Andrea Staten and Council President Kim Shaw met Tuesday at the Gordon Street Bridge in Roselle in an effort to bring statewide attention to New Jersey’s infrastructure problems.
The bridge located at Gordon Street and First Avenue in Roselle is a 156 feet and was built in 1911. It has never been reconstructed. It has a sufficiency rating of 22.5 out of 100, making it structurally deficient, unsafe for public use and long overdue for a full replacement.
Bridges like these can become a big problem for communities in the event that they can no longer be used. According to the Sweeney, “Governor Christie has been given several solutions, but the Governor has yet to act on any of them. He cannot remain silent.”
“The Governor needs to put a plan together now. We need to come up with a fix and we need that fix now,” Sweeney added.
There has been some discussion on who actually owns the bridge. Technically, the answer would have been the railroad, but Holley said that it has been abandoned.
That brings the burden back to the state to either repair or replace. Choosing to do nothing leaves the people who travel the bridge at risk.