The Murphy administration unveiled $161.3 million of transportation grants spanning 542 local governments for road and bridge projects across the state.
This latest pot of money – known as municipal aid grants – comes out of the $16 billion Transportation Trust Fund, which is $2 billion a year over its eight-year lifespan and funded by the state’s gas tax. The grants are for the 2020 fiscal year, which runs until June 30, 2020.
Most of the grants are in the range of $100,000 to $300,000 for maintaining roadways across towns. The largest grants went to New Jersey’s largest cities, such as Newark, Camden, Trenton, Jersey City and Irvington.
Grants go toward financing projects such as roadway preservation and safety, bridge maintenance, pedestrian safety, bicycle accessibility and quality of life improvements.
Camden is receiving a $1 million for road preservation citywide. Irvington is receiving $926,088 for roadway maintenance across the township. Newark is receiving $2.9 million for citywide roadway preservation projects.
Jersey City is receiving $2.9 million of grant money for the preservation of several roads around Liberty State Park. Trenton is receiving a $1.2 million grant for the Stuyvesant Avenue Rehabilitation project.
Paterson is receiving a $1.3 million grant for road resurfacing projects across the city.