Christie Administration announces $78.7 million in NJDOT Municipal Aid grants
370 towns to receive street improvement funds that help control local property taxes
(Trenton) - The Christie Administration today announced that 370 cities and towns will receive Municipal Aid grants totaling $78.75 million, enabling each municipality to advance street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects without burdening local property taxpayers.
The highly competitive program is part of New Jersey’s $200 million Local Aid program administered by the New Jersey department of Transportation (NJDOT). The Department received 677 applications requesting more than $246 million for the FY 11 municipal aid grants.
“The competition was fierce and we were impressed by the quality of the applications,” NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said. “Resurfacing projects will always represent the bulk of the awards, but we were pleased with the number of non-traditional entries because it means we are increasingly recognizing the needs and safety of all who share our roadways.”
Municipal governments maintain more than 28,000 centerline miles of streets and roads, or 74 percent of the statewide total. The grant program covers a variety of projects, including road resurfacing and reconstruction projects. However, towns are encouraged to submit applications for such non-traditional projects as those that support safety, walking and biking and streetscape improvements in their communities. Seven percent of the projects selected for funding were of that type.
“This announcement is great news for hundreds of municipalities as they work to stretch their resources, control spending and reduce the property tax burden on residents,” said William G. Dressel Jr., executive director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population, the number of local centerline miles and other factors, and municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share. NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.