Office of the Governor
Governor Corzine, Congressman
announce $47.6 million in stimulus funding to improve Route 46
and Main Street in Lodi
(Lodi) - Governor Jon S. Corzine, joined by Congressman Steve Rothman and Commissioner
Stephen Dilts, today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation
(NJDOT) will begin construction in May on a $47.6 million project to improve
Route 46 and Main Street in Lodi, Bergen County.
"The Route 46 and Main
Street project will greatly improve safety, replace structurally deficient
bridges and reduce congestion on Route 46 in Lodi," said Governor Corzine. "This
project reflects the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s potential
to quickly stimulate the economy, create jobs and improve quality of life
throughout New Jersey."
"I am glad to see the Recovery money coming
to the Ninth District and especially to this long awaited project, which will
bring much needed improvements to a busy stretch of highway and a community
that deserves relief. This investment will address flooding problems, create
jobs, make commuting less time consuming, raise local housing values and reduce
our impact on the environment,” said Congressman Rothman. "The
Route 46 improvements are a perfect example of the kind of valuable shovel-ready
transportation projects that will benefit Northern New Jersey and that are
now moving forward because of the Recovery Plan."
The Route 46 and Main
Street project will improve safety and relieve congestion. The project consists
of widening Route 46 to provide a third lane in each direction from Kimmig
Street to the vicinity of Hope Street, replacing the Route 46 bridges over
Main Street and Saddle River. In addition, NJDOT will widen Main Street to
four through-lanes and a center turning lane at Route 46 and will add traffic
signals at the ramps from Route 46 to Main Street.
NJDOT planned the project
in a manner that minimally impacts traffic. Two lanes of traffic will remain
open on Route 46 at all times, and one lane in each direction on Main Street
will remain open. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2012. $47.6
million in ARRA funds will be dedicated to this project.
The ARRA will stimulate
New Jersey's economy by creating or supporting thousands of transportation-related
jobs and making long-term improvements to roads, bridges and the transit system.
New Jersey’s transportation allocation includes $652 million for highways
and bridges and approximately $425 million for transit. That total includes
approximately $162 million for county and local transportation priorities
and approximately $19.5 million for transportation enhancement projects.
New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) $469 million in ARRA
funding will address the needs of aging bridges by replacing movable bridges,
rehabilitating bridge decks and beams, and other bridge maintenance. In addition,
NJDOT will use federal stimulus funding to reconstruct and resurface highways
and improve drainage systems and highway safety. NJDOT plans to obligate all
of this funding in the next 120 days and to complete most of its stimulus-funded
work within one year.
For additional information on the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act, visit www.recovery.gov and www.nj.gov/recovery/.