Murphy to allocate $161M for local road work across New Jersey

David Madden
April 05, 2019 - 12:26 pm
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EAST ORANGE, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey plans to hand out $161 million to fund municipal road and bridge repair projects in 95 percent of the state.

Money will go to 537 towns for various projects that have been in the pipeline for months. The idea, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, is to take care of not just the major roads but also the local ones residents depend on.

And remember that 23 cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax a couple of years ago?

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”These projects are made possible through the Transportation Trust Fund,” Murphy said at a press conference in East Orange announcing the grants. "They put into very real and localized terms the ability of the gas tax that we all pay to invest in improving the quality of life for our communities and the quality of our transportation network."

More than $23 million is earmarked to towns in the Delaware Valley: $9 million in Burlington County, $8.7 million in Camden County, and $5.6 million in Gloucester County. A complete list of the grants is available online.

The announcement comes at a time when a study from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association shows some 47,000 bridges nationwide are in poor condition, more than 500 of them in the Garden State.

The governor says he’s ready to do what he can to fix those spans in New Jersey, but he’ll need federal help. He added, "I can promise you the president talks a good game and has done almost nothing. So if there are good ideas coming out of Congress that jump starts a massive federal renaissance in investment in our national infrastructure, I’d be all in for that."