Freeholder and Elizabeth resident Angel Estrada was recognized for his ongoing service on the Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the agency’s annual meeting in Newark, Jan. 9.

Estrada has been instrumental in several infrastructure projects throughout the county, including ones in his hometown. With Freeholder Estrada’s support, the City of Elizabeth participated in the NJTPA’s Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety campaign for the first time in 2016 and the County and City hosted the campaign’s March 2016 kickoff event at Union County College in Elizabeth.

“Under Freeholder Estrada’s leadership, Union County has advanced almost $3 million in safety improvements and nearly $38 million in local roadway and bridge projects,” NJTPA Executive Director Mary K. Murphy said. These federally funded, County-led projects include the Gordon Street Bridge in Roselle and Roselle Park, which is slated for construction this year.

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 “Freeholder Estrada has proven to be a capable steward of the transportation infrastructure in Union County, which has regional and national significance,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “He has shouldered an important responsibility, and this award is well deserved.”

Freeholder Estrada serves as the Board’s First Vice Chair and is Chair of the Project Prioritization Committee.

 “Freeholder Estrada has made significant contributions not just to Union County, but to the entire NJTPA region,” Executive Director Murphy said.

NJTPA Chairman Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder Director, joined Executive Director Murphy in presenting Freeholder Estrada with his service award.