More Than $23 Million Will Fund Local Road & Bridge Projects

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UNION COUNTY — Clark Township and the City of Rahway will share $1 million in state money for the Madison Hill Road Bridge Replacement Project, the only Union County share of $23.2 million in local aid grants announced to support road and bridge projects on Sept. 10.

The grants include $1 million to each of New Jersey’s 21 counties through the Local Bridges, Future Needs program, and $2.3 million in Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) grants shared by 11 municipalities.

Both types of grants are state-funded and help local governments advance projects without placing a burden on property taxpayers. NJDOT’s FY 14 capital program provides for $190 million in grants through a variety of Local Aid programs.

Under the $25 million county bridge grant program (pdf ), each county is awarded $1 million annually, with another $4 million distributed based on a review of funding requests submitted by the counties. LAIF grants are awarded periodically through the New Jersey Department of Transportation to help municipalities or counties respond to emergency circumstances or other priority needs.

The LAIF grants (pdf) in the current round of funding range in size from $45,000 for a resurfacing project in Stow Creek Township (Cumberland County) to $300,000 grants for emergency dredging related to Superstorm Sandy in Downe Township (Cumberland County) and road projects in South Harrison and Franklin townships in Gloucester County.

The grants are administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development.

“The bridge grants will support preventive maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement projects throughout New Jersey, while the LAIF grants will enable municipalities to promote safety through projects that improve roadways and other transportation infrastructure,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.

“The Christie Administration supports the Local Aid program because it understands how the program benefits local governments and taxpayers,” said Simpson.

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