$161 million raised by gas tax to fund road projects across NJ

David Madden
August 02, 2019 - 2:25 pm

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Next time you pull up to the pump and wonder where all your gas tax money is going, you'll know.

New Jersey is releasing $161 million in Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) money to fund road projects all across the state. Some of the funds come from the state’s share of 41 cents a gallon.

Camden County, for example, will get $9.3 million for the 2020 fiscal year. Freeholder Jonathon Young said that’s about twice last year’s appropriation.

“We’re able to actually pave longer now,” Young said. “We used to do just half-mile stretches at a time. Now, we can do up to a mile or a mile-and-a-half stretch of road with this allocation of money.”

The grants are used for county and local roads that need work.

Gloucester County will receive $7.5 million — also double the prior year’s award — according to Freeholder Heather Simmons.

“This money has significantly improved our ability to work with municipalities to make sure that our roads remain safe, transit is as efficient as possible, and we can stabilize the tax base at the same time,” she said.

Simmons added the county will consider its six-year capital roads plan to decide which roads get new paving and other upgrades. Camden County is expected to make its call before the end of the year.

Another South Jersey county, Burlington County, will get $10.2 million from the TTF in the 2020 fiscal year.