CAMDEN, NJ — Camden will receive $1,014,793 in state aid, part of $161 million in municipal aid grants going toward 543 towns across New Jersey for road, bridge and safety improvements.
Camden County as a whole was awarded $9.6 million it will use for everything from the resurfacing of Carver Court in Lawnside, the reconstruction of Parker and Elm Avenues in Woodlynne and resurfacing/repairs of Minnetonka Road in Hi-Nella. In all, 34 municipalities in the county will get grants.
“These grants are further demonstration of the partnership between my Administration and our communities to build a stronger, safer, and more modern transportation network,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement. “In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, where our interconnectedness is a strength, these vital investments will increase safety, foster mobility, and improve the quality-of-life for New Jerseyans statewide.”
The competitive Municipal Aid grant program, made possible by the Department of Transportation, attracted 635 applications from 549 different municipalities with a total of $342 million requested, according to Murphy’s office.
Project applications were evaluated and rated on their merits by State Department of Transportation staff and reviewed by an independent panel of New Jersey municipal engineers.
The 2016 Transportation Trust Fund renewal has made it possible to continue to award $161.25 million annually – more than double the $78.75 million that was available before the fund renewal. In addition, the extra funds have allowed the department to increase the number of municipalities receiving grants from about 370 a year prior to the fund renewal to 543 municipalities this year.
Applications for Municipal Aid grants were submitted to the Department of Transportation by July and The review process looked at seven categories within the Municipal Aid grant program eligible for funding: roadway preservation, roadway safety, quality of life, mobility, bikeway, pedestrian safety, and bridge preservation.
Past performance in connection with the timely award of projects and construction close-out factors were part of the evaluation of the proposals.
When evaluating applications, NJDOT also verifies if the municipality has adopted a Complete Streets policy.
A Complete Streets policy establishes guidelines that require consideration be given to pedestrians and bicyclists when local transportation projects are being planned, designed, and built. A total of $62,643,78 will be allocated to 193 municipalities with complete streets policies.
“The Murphy Administration maintains its commitment to communities by providing municipalities the resources to make important safety, infrastructure, and quality-of-life improvements without burdening local property taxpayers,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “We were pleased to award grants to nearly every municipality in New Jersey.”
To check out a full listing of the state aid, click here.
Chuck O'Donnell contributed to this report