PATERSON, NJ – More than $7.5 million is heading to Passaic County for infrastructure improvements at the local level, county officials announced Tuesday. The funding from the state's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) will be used to create improvement projects in 2021 that will maintain roads, bridges and other transportation related work under county jurisdiction.

Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara thanked Governor Phil Murphy for the support and said that funding will allow her colleagues to "fulfill the aggressive improvement schedule for projects we planned for the 2021 calendar year, without shouldering it all on our county taxpayers.”

A total of $161.25 million was awarded in TTF funds across New Jersey's 21 county with the amout each received being based on population count and road mileage.

“The TTF award is a perfect example of why it is crucial for Passaic County to have a complete and accurate count on the 2020 Census,” stated Freeholder John Bartlett. “Awards like the transportation fund are allotted based on population count and being under-counted means less funding for important projects like infrastructure improvement plans which everyone living in Passaic County depends on. If you use our roads or cross our bridges, it’s important for you to return your 2020 Census form.”