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FHWA 37-11
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Contact: Kelly Hanahan
Tel: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $4.5 Million in Grants for New Jersey Highway Projects

Funds will help create jobs by expanding highway repairs and improving safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $4.5 million in grants for New Jersey to fund an array of highway-related efforts ranging from construction at the Bayshore Ferry Terminal to improving intersections in Bloomfield.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," said Secretary LaHood. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs. Requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. - more than 1,800 applications, totaling nearly $13 billion, which is more than 30 times the funds available.

"At a time when states are facing serious budgetary constraints, these grants will help fill a critical need," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "Investments like these are immediate and long-lasting and will help create jobs."

Congress created the discretionary grant programs to give FHWA the latitude to support projects that maintain the nation's roads and bridges, improve roadway safety and make communities more livable. In previous years, Congress designated some of this grant money for specific projects and FHWA awarded the remainder through a competitive process. Because the FY11 budget passed by Congress last April directed that all such funds be discretionary, FHWA awarded these funds through a competitive process.

New Jersey received funding for the following projects:

Bulkhead replacement construction at the Bayshore Ferry Terminal in Monmouth County $2,535,000
Improving intersections in the Bloomfield Central Business District $847,860
Designing the Elizabeth Ferry for the Union County Improvement Authority $475,000
Improvements to the Long Branch Pier and Ferry Terminal in Monmouth County $300,000
Implementing adaptive signal control on SR 28 $204,600
Planning for emerging transit centers in the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority region, the city of Hackensack and the Union County Sustainability Corridor $130,440
Installing signs along the Palisades Interstate Parkway $40,200
TOTAL $4,533,100

A complete state-by-state list of this year's grant recipients is available online at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1137/.

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