The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced $30.1 million in Local Freight Impact Fund grants to help counties and municipalities fund improvements to heavy truck routes on local roads.
The program was created as part of the Transportation Trust Fund reauthorization in October 2016. Grants have been made for five years under this program.
“The New Jersey Department of Transportation is committed to ensuring the safety of our commercial truck routes to and from the State’s seaports, airports, warehouses, and rail yards, so that goods can move efficiently,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutirrez-Scaccetti. “Local Freight Impact Fund Grants are an important investment in New Jersey’s truck routes, helping provide the infrastructure necessary for a strong state and regional economy for years to come.”
Twenty-five grants are being awarded, selected from 59 applications submitted to the NJDOT. Those grants are being distributed to 21 municipalities and three counties, with Cumberland County receiving two grants.
That state funding, along with an additional $75.2 million from local governments, brings the total investment in the 25 projects to $105.3 million.
“Funding the preservation and expansion of our freight transportation infrastructure is key to supporting the success of New Jersey’s role in our national supply chain,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “These grants represent my administration’s ongoing investment in our infrastructure to promote a robust economy and ensure safer, more efficient transportation throughout our state.”
The projects eligible for program funding fall into four categories: bridge preservation, new construction, pavement preservation, and truck safety and mobility. They are evaluated using criteria including existing conditions, overall traffic volume, percentage of large truck traffic, crash frequency, and connectivity to freight nodes.
The grants are being administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development.