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Extra state grant will help Tinton Falls fund road improvements

TINTON FALLS – The Borough Council has increased the appropriation for this year’s road improvement project in Tinton Falls to $2.91 million after receiving a grant from the state.

On May 17, council members adopted a bond ordinance that amends a previous bond ordinance that appropriated the funds for the borough’s 2021-22 road improvement program.

The original bond ordinance, which was adopted in July 2021, provided $2.6 million for the road improvements. The cost of the appropriation would have been covered by $2.2 million in bonds or notes, $265,000 in grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and a down payment of $135,000.

According to the amended bond ordinance, Tinton Falls received an additional $311,800 grant from the DOT. The total appropriation for the projects will now total $2.91 million and the grant funding will total $576,800.

The 2021-22 road improvement program will consist of improvements to Glenwood Drive,
Riverview Drive, Fairfield Drive, William Street, Terry Lane, Orchard Street, Wellington Drive, Gilbert Street, Wardell Road, Lyndell Lane and Garden Place, according to the bond ordinance.

Sidewalk improvements will be completed along Shrewsbury Avenue using the DOT grant,  and along Fox Chase Drive.

After the amended bond ordinance was introduced on May 3, the council members passed a resolution awarding a $1.97 million contract to Fernandes Construction Inc., Monroe Township, for the 2022 road improvement program.

Other bids for the contract were received from L&L Paving ($2.61 million); Earle Asphalt ($2.52 million); S Brothers ($2.35 million); Lima Charlie ($2.32 million); Fiore Paving ($2.28 million); P&A ($2.24 million); Your Way ($2.23 million); Meco ($2.2 million); Lucas Brothers ($2.16 million); P.M. Construction ($2.07 million); and Black Rock ($2.05 million), according to a report from Borough Engineer Thomas Neff.

Neff estimated the project would cost $2.25 million and recommended that Fernandes Construction receive the contract as the apparent low bidder. The Borough Council members approved that recommendation.

Following the amended ordinance’s adoption on May 17, council members awarded a contract to T&M Associates, the borough’s engineering firm, for professional engineering services associated with the 2022 road improvement program.

According to a resolution, the services will include contract administration and construction inspection. The contract will be in an amount not to exceed $174,000.

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