May 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On May 5, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that 391 Local Aid grants totaling $81.6 million were awarded to 377 municipalities across the state to assist in the advancement of transportation projects without cost to local taxpayers.
West Orange was announced as the recipient of a $224,000 grant as part of the initiative.
The Alternative Press contacted Leonard Lepore, Municipal Engineer and Director of the Department of Public Works, to ask what the money would be used for and who initially applied for the grant. Lepore said, "The grant is a Transportation Trust Fund Grant to improve Oxford Terrace, Dartmouth Road and a block of Winding Way from Gregory Avenue to Dartmouth Road. The streets will be improved with new granite block curb, concrete sidewalks and driveway aprons and new street pavement."
Lepore went on to say, "The actual application was filed by the Township's Grant Writer, Alicia Skinner. The information required for the filing was prepared by the Engineering Division and Department of Public Works."
According to Lepore, the design phase of the project will begin in the Summer of 2014; the bidding process will begin in the Fall; and construction is expected to begin either in the Fall or Spring of 2015.
For more information on the grant, go to: http://www.nj.gov/transportation/about/press/2014/050514.shtm.
For a list of all municipalities receiving grant monies, go to: http://www.nj.gov/transportation/about/press/2014/pdf/FY2014municipalaidgrants.pdf.