“These funds are crucial to municipalities for the completion of projects that improve quality of life and safety for New Jersey residents. Under our Administration’s leadership, the Transportation Trust Fund continues to bolster infrastructure statewide. I congratulate all municipalities that have received grants and look forward to them putting these dollars to use.” ~ NJ Governor Phil Murphy
On Oct. 26, 2021, New Jersey’s Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced that the state has allotted a share of $161.25 million in Municipal Aid grants to every NJ county. The grants are designated to be used by municipalities to improve roads, bridges, and overall quality of life for their residents.
- Essex County received $13,575,022 which will be shared by all 22 municipalities.
An independent panel of NJ municipal engineers along with NJDOT staff reviewed each Grant application.
- Municipal Aid grants applications needed to be submitted to NJDOT by July 1, 2021.
- 547 NJ municipalities requested a total of $363 million in assistance
- 541 NJ municipalities were approved and will receive a total of $161.25 million
GRANT PROGRAM ALLOTMENT PROCEDURE
Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each NJ county is apportioned its share of the total NJDOT funding based on its population and the amount of road and highway miles it covers.
- Municipalities then vie for portions of their county’s share.
Once the allotment is determined, the NJDOT provides to the municipality:
- 75 percent of the grant amount when the town awards a contract
- 25 percent of the remaining grant when the project is completed
$10 million is allotted for municipalities qualifying for Urban Aid, with the amounts determined by the NJ Department of Community Affairs.
In order to be eligible for the NJDOT Municipal Aid Grants, improvements must adhere to one or more of the following transportation categories:
- Bridge Preservation
- Pedestrian Safety
- Quality of Life
- Roadway Preservation
- Roadway Safety
Municipalities proposed what their monies would best be used for.
- All of Essex County’s grants will be used to restore existing roads.
ESSEX COUNTY MUNICIPAL GRANT RECIPIENTS
Each Essex County municipality's grant amount, and the roads the funds will be used to improve, is detailed below:
Improvements: Belleville Avenue, Harrison Street, Sanford Avenue
Includes: $53,869 Urban Allotment
Improvements: JFK Drive North & South Improvements, Phase 1 and Phase 2
Includes: $52,197 Urban Allotment
Improvements: Espy Road, Hillcrest Road, Westover Avenue
Cedar Grove: $290,000
Reconstruction: Anderson Parkway
East Orange: $952,904
Improvements: Multiple roads include: Chestnut Street, Eppirt Street, Fulton Street, Springdale Avenue, North 20th Street, North 21st Street, North 22nd Street
Includes: $337,904 Urban Allotment
Essex Fells: $565,000
Improvements: Devon Road, Hawthorne Road, Oval Road
Reconstruction: Daniel Road West, Edison Place
Glen Ridge: $572,376
Improvements: Argyle Street, Glen Ridge Avenue, Sherman Avenue
Improvements: 2022 Trust Fund Program: Eastern Parkway, Prospect Avenue, Western Parkway
Includes: $321,446 Urban Allotment
Improvements: Belmont Drive: Section Two
Improvements: Lexington Avenue
Improvements: Myrtle Avenue
Improvements: Highland Avenue
Includes: $8,582 Urban Allotment
Improvements: MA-22, multiple locations
Includes: $2,211,447 Urban Allotment
North Caldwell: $395,000
Improvements: Beachmont Terrace, Oak Place
Improvements: Chestnut Street
Includes: $6,269 Urban Allotment
Improvements: Berkley Avenue, Elm Street, Glenwood Avenue, Parkinson Terrace
Includes: $167,700 Urban Allotment
Improvements: Glen Avenue, Green Avenue
South Orange: $505,000
Improvements: West Montrose Avenue
Improvements: Balston Drive, Whitney Terrace, Windemere Road
West Caldwell: $300,000
Improvements: Pin Oak Road, Rosemere Avenue, Twin Brook Road
West Orange: $425,000
Improvements: King Road, Nance Road, Warren Road
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Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.; Essex County Executive
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