DOT grants will fund road and bridge work, as well as safety and quality-of-life improvements

COLTS NECK - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced that Monmouth County municipalities will receive a combined $12.6 million in infrastructure grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, with $745,000 going to projects in Colts Neck, Freehold Township, and Tinton Falls.

The grants, which were released several months earlier than usual in an effort to help local governments better plan for the 2020 construction season, will go toward work on municipal roads and bridges, as well as safety and quality-of-life improvements on transportation infrastructure across the county.

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Colts Neck will receive $330,000 for improvements to Heulitt Road. Additionally, Freehold Township will receive $200,000 for Phase I of Stonehurst Boulevard preservation efforts. Tinton Falls will receive $215,000 for Phase II of the Hope Road resurfacing project.

“I’m glad to see vital infrastructure funds going straight to many of the towns that need it most, and at just the right time to help municipal governments plan for next year’s construction,” said Gopal (D-Long Branch). “With most local governments beginning their calendar year budget on January 1, these accelerated funds will make sure that towns have the information they need to make the right decisions for their residents.”

“Keeping our roads safe for Garden State drivers and visitors has to be one of our top priorities, especially for towns on or near the Jersey Shore,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “"From Long Branch to Neptune City and Freehold Township, we're glad to see nearly all of our district's eighteen towns receiving critical investments in local infrastructure projects.”

“These funds will go a long way toward restoring, rehabilitating, or strengthening existing transportation infrastructure,” said Downey (D-Freehold). “We look forward to ensuring that Monmouth County towns continue to have the support they need to make critical improvements and repairs.”

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey represent New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District in the State Senate and Assembly, where they work to make the Garden State more affordable for its hard-working residents. The 11th District includes the Monmouth County municipalities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.