TRENTON, NJ -- Efforts to preserve the roadway for Yardville-Hamilton Square received a $655,000 boost Wednesday while Robbinsville was awarded $600,000 is state dollars to resurface Voelbel Road.

Both, Governor Phil Murphy announced, are part of a total of $161.25 million in grants to municipalities to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvement to demonstrate a commitment to 543 communities statewide.

“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 Murphy. “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.”

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The 2016 Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) 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 TTF 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 TTF renewal to 543 municipalities this year.

"By renewing the Transportation Trust Fund four years ago, we created a path to provide towns with resources to make improvements to local roads and bridges with the goal to increase safety and provide a better quality of life," said Assemblyman Dan Benson, who represents Hamilton and Robbinsville. "While upgrades to major highways are always important, it’s road projects at the local level that impact drivers on a daily basis. These state grants help ease the burden on the local property taxpayers while investing in the road infrastructure we use every day."

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