All four municipalities in the 20th Legislative District are receiving additional state aid for road preservation projects. The state has earmarked a total of $1.96 million to help fund work in Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union Township.
Assemblyman Jamel Holley said the 20th Legislative District has been very successful in securing state funding for its infrastructure work, based on a strong working relationship with the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
“This is work that needed to be done, and we were able to do it with limited impact on our taxpayers in the four communities we serve,” Holley said. “I attribute the progress to our ongoing ability to reach out for support and effectively advocate for what our community needs.”
The state announced these grants:
- $710,287 to Elizabeth for the Elizabeth trail phase 5 extension and traffic signal replacement at Clifton Street and Cole Place.
- $350,856 to Hillside for Hillside Avenue improvements
- $489,533 to Roselle for various streets
- $410,000 to Union Township for the Lehigh Avenue improvements, phase 1.
The DOT’s municipal aid program is very competitive, Holley said, adding the department received 635 applications from 549 municipalities, requesting more than $342 million. There was $161.25 million available, supported by the state’s gas tax.
Holley said the funding comes from the Transportation Trust Fund, noting he worked with fellow lawmakers 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.
“While upgrades to major highways are always important, it’s the local road preservation projects that impact our drivers on a daily basis,” Holley said. “These state grants help ease the burden on property taxpayers while investing in the road infrastructure we use every day.”