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The Commissioner's Report
NJDOT delivers $11.7 million on local aid
Providing property tax relief is one of Governor McGreeveys chief priorities. The NJDOT has delivered $11.7 million in relief to 30 municipalities with the award of Transportation Enhancement grants ranging from $200,000 to $1 million.
The federally funded grants, which are administered through the NJDOTs Local Aid Program, enable municipal governments to minimize their use of property tax dollars to undertake critical infrastructure projects. In many cases, projects would not be built if it were not for the grants.
Including state and federal funding, a total of $260 million in Local Aid support for counties and municipalities was provided in Governor McGreeveys new budget.
The Transportation Enhancement grants fund projects such as streetscape improvements, road repaving, pedestrian and bike path projects, and transit improvements. One of the new grants was awarded to Waterloo Village in Sussex County to restore a section of the Morris Canal.
The largest grant was awarded to South River to construct a pedestrian walkway and bike path along the boroughs riverfront. The project will utilize an abandoned railroad track bed.
Bloomfield Township was awarded $750,000 to rehabilitate its train station and Bound Brook was awarded $250,000 to help restore its train station area.