EDISON, NJMembers of the New Jersey 18th Legislative District, Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) announced two grants for local freight infrastructure on Thursday August 8th. The grants total $1.2 million for two major Edison commercial parks. This grant was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Local Freight Impact Fund (LFIF), which was created under the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) reauthorization in 2016. The highly competitive $30.1 million grant program received 59 applications. Edison’s freight hubs received two of the 25 final grants awarded this year. 

 

Senator Diegnan expressed his support saying, “Our district is fortunate to be in the heart of New Jersey’s commercial corridor. Reliable roads are the lifeblood of our state’s economy and these grants are a perfect example of the Transportation Trust Fund’s mission to enhance the state’s transportation network.”

 

Heller Park, one of the nation’s largest distribution centers, has been approved to receive $900,000 for road reconstruction while Raritan Center, Edison’s largest business park, will receive $300,000 for similar projects. This grant will provide funds for the improvement of these two Edison centers to facilitate the smooth and safe transportation of large trucks and promote economic development. 

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Assemblyman Karabinchak said, “This will go a long way to help ensure that Raritan Center and Heller Park run efficiently and smoothly. They are one of the largest employers in the district and we are glad the State can help with this need for infrastructure improvements.”

 

Assemblywoman Pinkin added, “This area is at the center of New Jersey and the Northeast Corridor, handling some of the highest volume in the nation. Maintaining our infrastructure is key to our economic development, so we will continue to fund projects like these. ”