SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at a meeting Jan. 13, unanimously approved, upon first reading, a bond ordinance for road improvements within the municipality.
Ordinance 2164 calls for appropriating $1,375,000 for road improvements and resurfacing of Corporate Boulevard and Cragwood Road as well as St. Nicholas Avenue. Of that total, the borough is seeking to authorize an additional $207,800 in bonds or notes with the remainder of the project’s cost offset by New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) grants and $150,000 remaining from Hadley Road.
According to Glenn Cullen, the borough’s CFO/administrator, the overall improvements for the aforementioned roads is estimated at $1,525,000 with the borough awarded $1,167,000 in DOT grants for the projects. A total of $542,000 in DOT funding is expected to go toward the estimated $750,000 needed to repave and repair St. Nicholas Avenue while an additional $625,000 in grant monies will go to offset the $775,000 estimated to fix both Cragwood Road and Corporate Boulevard.
“We’ve received huge grants from the DOT the past two consecutive years,” said Cullen, adding that, in 2017 and 2018, the borough was the recipient of $1.21 million in DOT grants to complete the full length of Hadley Road.
“The DOT obviously recognizes the need in doing Corporate, Cragwood and St. Nicholas,” said the administrator. “I am thankful for the work our engineer Len Miller did on the applications and the support State Senator Patrick Diegnan provided in getting the DOT funding.”
Ordinance 2164 is scheduled, as of press time, to go up for a second reading and final vote at the Jan. 27 council meeting.
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