Ferry Gets OK

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SOUTH AMBOY — The long awaited approval for construction of the road that will allow commuters to access the soon to be constructed Ferry Terminal in South Amboy has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

City officials received word on Sept. 7 with regard to this approval via the State Department of Transportation office.

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“We have been working with the state and federal government to obtain this approval, which will allow us to go out to bid for the construction of this vital access road, ” said Council President Fred Henry. “The approval process has been long and arduous — and sometimes frustrating — however we are now poised to go out to bid and get this phase of the project completed.”

The bid process is dictated by the Federal Brooks Act, which requires that bids be advertised within 60 days of the approval date.

“We won’t be waiting 60 days to advertise, we are have been ready to move forward and now that this authorization from Federal Highway (Administration) has been received, we will do just that” said Mayor John O’Leary who has been working along with Henry on this project and the development of the Intermodal Transportation Center where the ferry will be located.

Funding for the project is being provided through the Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA-21) grant.

The project will take the road from the Main Street bridge that was completed last year to the water’s edge.

Edward Bogan, of Grotto Engineering, led the design phase of the project.
“It is amazing how many hoops the city has been required to jump through to be able to spend these TEA-21 dollars,” said Bogan. “We will be moving forward with the bid process this week. The estimated cost of this project will be $4.5 million dollars.”

“Since this approval has become public, the South Amboy Redevelopment Agency has begun its final negotiations phase with their preferred ferry operator” said O’Leary.


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