Monroe Township awarded $550K Pavement Preservation grant for South Middlesex Industrial Park

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Monroe Township will receive a $550,000 Pavement Preservation grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) for improvements to portions of South Middlesex Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue located in the South Middlesex Industrial Park.

“Monroe Township is one a few municipalities across the state to receive funds from this competitive grant. The council and I recognize that securing these grants plays a vital role in maintaining Township infrastructure and ensuring safe travel for all who traverse our municipality,” Mayor Stephen Dalina said in a prepared statement. “I am thankful to the 14th Legislative District, including Senator [Linda] Greenstein and Assemblymen [Wayne] DeAngelo and [Dan] Benson for their hard work in support of Monroe Township.”

The DOT reports receiving 41 applications requesting more than $45 million for the Fiscal Year 2021 program. Of the applications received, 33 grants were awarded representing 29 municipalities and two counties for a total of $30.1 million, according to the statement.

Of the 33 projects, 29 were pavement preservation awards totaling $20.8 million, according to the statement.

“As chairman of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, I can attest that Monroe Township is a deserving recipient of this critical funding from the state’s FY’21 program,” Benson said in the statement. “This state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) grant to provide for pavement preservation for the South Middlesex Industrial Park roadway lessens the burden on Monroe Township’s taxpayers while providing safer and smoother roadways.”

The grants are administered by the DOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development. DOT’s Local Freight Impact Fund program is a competitive program which was created as part of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) reauthorization in October 2016, which raised the gas tax.

This is the third year that grants have been made under this program.

For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards, visit www.state.nj.us.