CHATHAM, NJ - Repaving of Front Street and Lafayette Avenue could be in jeopardy because of Gov. Chris Christie's freeze of the state's Transportation Trust Fund projects, Vince DeNave, borough engineer, announced on Monday night at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.
Christie signed an executive order to freeze the funds on July 1 when the state senate failed to take action on legislation that would replenish the TTF.
James Lott, borough attorney, is looking into the borough's options, including delay of the projects or self-funding them. According to DeNave, the state was paying for $210,000 of the $213,000 it would take to repave Front Street and and Lafayette Avenue. The projects were set to commence in August, but the pre-construction meeting was set for Tuesday, July 12.
"I don't think there is any jeopardy with us going forward with the pre-con meeting (Tuesday), but we will have to make a decision shortly," Lott said. "We may be faced with the prospect of putting the project on hold or amending the ordinance and funding the entire cost. We could amend our capital ordinance and put the entire project cost into municipal bonds."
DeNave said that the Front Street repaving could be put off, but that Lafayette Avenue was in such disrepair that something would have to be done to repair the road before school begins in September.
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