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Franklin Avenue Project Stalled in Transportation Trust Fund Abyss

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Engineer Leonard Miller announced at last night’s Borough Council Meeting that the roadwork taking place on Franklin Avenue has been halted. The project which is partially funded by a New Jersey Department of Transportation grant is stalled as lawmakers in Trenton try to hash out a way to fund the troubled Transportation Trust Fund. The Borough received a $400,000 grant in 2015 for various road improvements to Franklin Avenue. The Borough’s $375,000 2016 DOT grant for Lane Avenue and Manning Avenue improvements is also listed as stalled on the DOT Project list.

According to Miller there is roughly three weeks of work to be done in the area. According to Borough Officials work on Worth Drive, Gray Drive and Pershing Place will continue because those items are not funded by the D.O.T grant. Also, the Borough awarded a contract for work on and along Garibaldi Avenue. That project is not funded by the D.O.T. and is expected to begin shortly.

Governor Chris Christie and Trenton lawmakers are at an impasse on how best to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. A proposed additional .23 cent gas tax which passed the State Assembly stalled in the State Senate. The gas tax which was to be partially offset by a reduction in the State sales tax was to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Governor Chris Christie issued Executive Order #210 which essentially halted most of the projects in the State funded by the Transportation Trust Fund.

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“As Governor, I am entrusted with the responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this State, as well as the responsibility to aid in the prevention of damage, loss, or destruction of property in the event of emergencies affecting the State. As this executive order states, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this State, it is necessary that the remaining amounts held by the TTF not be spent on any transportation project that is not absolutely essential,” Governor Christie stated in signing Executive Order No. 210. Here is the listing of all projects halted by Executive Order #210.

http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552016/pdf/20160706a/TTFProjectContractShutdownList.pdf

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