BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- It was announced last week that Bloomfield has received $712,708.00 in funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) 2020 Municipal Aid Program for the State Aid Road Resurfacing Program Project. The funds will be earmarked for Spruce Street & Liberty Street Improvements as per the grant.
The grant was a nice holiday bonus to the Township and it pleased Mayor Michael Venezia. "We are very thankful to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This grant will allow us to quickly improve the infrastructure of a vital area of town that needs it." The State pays 75% of the funds at the time of award concurrence and the remainder on a reimbursement basis after acceptance by the municipality and the State of the work completed.
The Municipal Aid program is a competitive program intended to provide municipalities with transportation based grants to supplement their transportation programs. Starting in FY2018 the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) will provide $400 million in State Aid to municipalities and counties for local transportation improvements. Of that amount the Municipal Aid Program will be funded at level of $151.250 million. Additionally $10 million is allotted for municipalities qualifying for Urban Aid under P.L. 1978 c.14 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-178 et seq.,). The individual allotments to qualifying municipalities are based on proportions determined by the Department of Community Affairs. The Municipal Aid Program is administered consistent with the language and formula distribution contained within the TTF legislation that allocates funds by county based a formula that considers population and municipal roadway miles.
Each year municipalities can apply for projects for Municipal Aid within one of the 7 categories; Bikeway, Bridge Preservation, Mobility, Pedestrian Safety, Quality of Life, Roadway Preservation and Roadway Safety.
In comparison to Bloomfield's grant, the largest recipients in NJ were Newark with nearly $3 million, Jersey City with nearly $2 million and Paterson and Camden each eclipsing $1 million.
TAPinto Bloomfield will provide specifics as to the scope of work and timetable as it becomes available.