HAWTHORNE, NJ - Thanks to the Municipal Aid grant awards, a $161.25 million amount slated for the 2020 fiscal year, the borough of Hawthorne is set to receive $451,800 to carry out "roadway preservation" work on Parmelee Avenue.

Neighboring North Haledon is listed as receiving $351,400 for the same purpose on Oakwood Avenue, section 2.  Prospect Park will get $242,600 for roadway preservation on "various streets" and Haledon will get $233,200 for "quality of life" work on the "Pompton Road Streetscape", section 2.

The "Manchester Boroughs" are among 542 municipalities which are getting grants to "advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements, continuing the Department of Transportation’s Commitment to Communities initiative," according to a statement from the Governor's Office.  The 2020 grants will result in an award of almost $1.2 billion to municipalities statewide.

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"Our administration sought to deliver a fairer approach to how government does business and this round of grants will, in the third straight year, reach more municipalities than in the previous fiscal year," said Governor Murphy.  "In addition, in the spring the Department of Transportation announced it was accelerating the Fiscal Year 2020 Municipal Aid grant cycle so we could make the awards months earlier than in years past to help municipalities better plan important infrastructure projects. Today, by awarding grants to 542 municipalities in the state, nearly 96 percent of all cities and towns in New Jersey will be poised to break ground as the construction season begins."

This May, the NJ Dept. of Transportation made a statement that the FY20 Municipal Aid grant cycle would make the funds available in November, breaking from past practices of doing so in the spring months.

"The vast majority of towns and cities operate on a fiscal year running from January 1 through December 31," a statement read.  "Knowing the amount of Municipal Aid before the fiscal year begins helps municipalities better determine which projects will move forward that year.... Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles. Municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share. NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project. Of the $161.25 million, there is $10 million allotted for municipalities qualifying for urban aid under state law, with the amounts determined by the Department of Community Affairs."

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