BELMAR, NJ — Work on long-awaited road improvements to 12th Avenue will begin tomorrow, August 19 — between Route 35 and Main Street.

As a result, this section of roadway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 19 and August 20. A third day may be needed by contractor Wall-based Earle Cos. to complete the project, according to borough officials.

The project is being funded through the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which has awarded Belmar a total of nearly $867,000 in grants over the past three years for road improvements to 12th Avenue, including $260,000 in 2019.

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This year, Belmar is among 537 municipalities in the state sharing $161.25 million in Municipal Aid grants awarded through TTF. Monies generated through the controversial 23 cents-per-gallon gas tax hike signed into law by then-Gov. Chris Christie in 2016 are keeping those coffers filled.

Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles. Municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share, with 95 percent of all towns receiving a grant this year.

DOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.

In 2019, Monmouth County received nearly $13 million, awarded to 52 municipalities. The full list of towns and awards for 2019 by the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) is available on its website by clicking here.

 

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