CRANFORD - The Township of Cranford will receive $90,000 from the county to go towards its 2021 Resurfacing Project. The money comes from the Seventh Annual Union County Infrastructure Grant Program.

Cranford's 2021 Resurfacing Project has an anticipated total price tag of $1,608,400, and includes the following streets:

  • Cranford Terrace (Centennial to Munsee)
  • Nomahegan Court (Nomahegan Road to Nomahegan Road)
  • Linden Place (Union Avenue North to Orange Avenue)
  • Bluff Street (Elm Street to High Street)
  • Torbush Street (Orchard Street to Spruce Street)
  • Veronica Avenue (Osborne Place to Carpenter Place)
  • Pacific Avenue (Casino Avenue to Orange Avenue)
  • Iroquois Road (Lexington Avenue to Cherokee Road)
  • Iroquois Place (Cherokee Road to Cherokee Road)
  • Casino Avenue (Riverside Drive to Pacific Avenue)
  • Carpenter Place (Route 28 to dead end)

Anticipated outcomes and accomplishments of the project include resurfacing of roadways, construction of ADA compliant handicap ramps, and repairing of damaged curbs. 

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In all, the Union County Board of Commissioners made awards to 21 municipalities to fund projects aimed at spurring economic development growth, and providing indirect tax relief.

The program was conceived by Commissioner Christopher Hudak in 2015, developed by the County’s Commissioner Fiscal Committee, and administered by the Department of Economic Development. This year’s Fiscal Committee is comprised of Commissioner Chris Hudak as Chair. Also on the Fiscal Committee is Commissioner Vice Chair Rebecca Williams, as well as Commissioners Sergio Granados and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

Road improvements once again topped the list as the most requested program for funding, among the municipalities.

“This past winter provided us with plenty of inclement weather and as a result, there are multiple roads in need of repair or resurfacing,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Infrastructure Grant Program is aimed at helping our municipalities make these and other needed improvements that benefit the residents of Union County and improve their quality of life.”

Commissioner Hudak agreed, adding “Our goal is to provide an economic boost to our municipalities and leverage their funds in making essential improvements. With more people moving into Union County than ever before, and new development coming online, it’s important that we continue to make infrastructure our highest priority.”

The matching grant initiative makes available approximately $1.5 million to Union County’s 21 municipalities, assisting them to accomplish tasks undertaken in calendar year 2021.

Funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital in 2014. 

The Union County Infrastructure Grant Awards for 2021 are as follows:

Municipality

2021 Projects

Award Amount

Berkeley Heights

Drainage Improvement at Glenside Road & Various Locations

$62,000.00

Clark

2021 Clark Capital Road Improvement Program

$65,000.00

Cranford

2021 Cranford Resurfacing Project

$90,000.00

Elizabeth

Elizabeth River Flood Control Project/Ursino Detention Basin

$145,000.00

Fanwood

2021 Fanwood Road Improvement Program

$40,000.00

Garwood

-Paving Improvements to Section of Locust Avenue

-Paving Improvements to Section of Center Street

-Improvements to Public Works Municipal Garage

-Community Enhancement Improvements to Downtown Area-Various

$35,000.00

Hillside

Hillside Municipal Building Security Improvements Project

$20,525.06

Kenilworth

-Records Mangement Scanning-Phase 2

-Sanitary Sewer Evaluation

-Repair & Replacement of Borough Sidewalks

-Digital Signage

$55,000.00

Linden

2021 Linden Resurfacing of Various Streets

$90,000.00

Mountainside

Resurfacing of Garrett Road & Hickory Lane

$40,000.00

New Providence

2021 New Providence Roadway Paving Project

$50,000.00

Plainfield

2021 Plainfield Roadway Improvement Project: East Third Street

$145,000.00

Rahway

2021 Rahway Resurfacing Project

$95,000.00

Roselle

2021 Roselle Various Street Improvements

$70,000.00

Roselle Park

ADA Improvements at Municipal Complex

$62,500.00

Scotch Plains

2021 Scotch Plains Roadwork Assistance Program

$100,000.00

Springfield

2021 Springfield Paving Improvements on Various Streets

$60,000.00

Summit

-Butler Parkway Improvement Project

-City Hall Records Management Improvement Project

$75,000.00

Union

2021 Union Road Improvement Project-Phase II

$95,000.00

Westfield

Improvement of Willow Grove Road

$100,000.00

Winfield

-Power DMS for 11 Users: Police Department;

-Firefighter Projective Clothing & Equipment, 28' Extension Ladder

$5,000.00