SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today announced the award of 95 grants totaling $14.65 million to municipalities, counties and general aviation airports for infrastructure improvement and safety projects.
Joined by Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James Simpson, the Lt. Governor made the announcement in South Plainfield, which is receiving $3.5 million in local aid funding to help advance the replacement of the Park Avenue bridge.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson announce $14.65 million for transportation infrastructure and safety project funding in front of the Park Avenue bridge in South Plainfield on Monday. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
“The funding we are announcing today will enable local governments like South Plainfield to move forward with high-priority improvement projects and safety initiatives without putting pressure on local property taxes,” said Guadagno. “By investing in our infrastructure and ensuring the health of our transportation assets, we will support New Jersey’s continued economic growth, encourage additional business attraction and create more jobs in cities and towns across the Garden State.”
The grants are being awarded through three programs, including 29 grants totaling $10 million through the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) program, 11 grants totaling $2.65 million through the Airport Improvement program and 55 grants totaling $2 million through the Safe Corridor program.
Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants, which are part of the state Transportation Trust Fund-supported Local Aid program, are being awarded to 29 municipalities in 13 counties. Grants support a variety of needs, including $100,000 for a transit village streetscape project in Linden and $325,000 for a street resurfacing project in Old Bridge.
Safe Corridor grants are being awarded to 52 municipalities in 14 counties. The program, established in 2003, designates 14 ten-mile sections of state highways where enforcement and safety initiatives such as pavement markings and signal timing modification are carried out to reduce crashes.
This year, crash data were used to divide the available grant funds among the Safe Corridor municipalities, with locations experiencing the highest volume, frequency and severity of crashes receiving more funding to help prevent injuries and fatalities. Grants range in size up to $125,169.
Locally, the following grants were awarded:
UNION COUNTY: $319,240.78
- Elizabeth City: $43,761.81
- Hillside Township: $27,885.22
- Linden City: $60,897.72
- Mountainside Borough: $16,866.06
- Rahway City: $15,381.85
- Springfield Township: $29,279.48
- Union Township: $125,168.66
MIDDLESEX COUNTY: $403,661.06
- Edison Township: $68,093.91
- New Brunswick City: $13,672.75
- North Brunswick Township: $81,901.59
- Old Bridge Township: $123,774.40
- Sayreville Borough: $33,327.34
- South Amboy City: $19,384.73
- South Brunswick Township: $7,511.02
- Woodbridge Township: $55,995.32
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