City of Summit Receives $100,000 County Infrastructure Grant; Funds Will be Applied to Springfield Avenue Project

Union County Freeholders Christopher Hudak, left, and Chairman Bruce Bergen flank Summit Mayor Nora Radest. Credits: James Lowney / County of Union

ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Summit has received a $100,000 Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid Grant, part of $1.5 million in matching awards presented to 21 County municipalities which mainly target road resurfacing projects.

The City will apply the grant monies against the recently-approved Springfield Avenue Improvement Project, stretching from Waldron to Morris Avenue, with the scope of work to include the installation of ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, curb repair where needed, upgrade of drainage where needed, and the installation of a sidewalk from Argyle Court to Broad Street -- under the rail bridge -- and milling / paving of the road.  

The project's specific start date has yet to be determined by the contractor, but work will begin in June and is expected to be complete in August.

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“Union County is a key transportation hub in the New York-New Jersey metro region, so this County funding benefits our local residents and businesses as well as commuters, visitors and shipping companies,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Heavy rains this spring have exacerbated the damage normally incurred during a typical winter, making it all the more imperative to ensure that road repair continues apace this year.”

The Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid program was conceived by Freeholder Christopher Hudak in 2015 and developed through the County Freeholder Fiscal Committee. It is designed to stimulate the development of projects of economic, social, transportation and governmental importance to local municipalities.

The program is administered by the Department of Economic Development. This year’s Fiscal Committee is chaired by Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and includes Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, and Freeholders Lind Carter and Mohamed Jalloh.

As part of his Chairman’s initiatives for 2016, Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen asked grant applicants to focus on road improvements, given the toll on local roads over the past several winters. This year, 19 of the 21 grants involve road improvements.

“The end result of several bad winters and tight municipal budgets during a time of shrinking state and federal funding have placed a strain on local roads,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak. “Our goal is to leverage County dollars to help our municipalities cover the funding gap and focus on the urgent need for repaving.”

The matching grant initiative makes available approximately $1.5 million to Union County’s 21 municipalities, assisting them to accomplish tasks undertaken in calendar year 2017. The funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital in 2014.

In addition Summit's award, the following matching grants have been awarded through the Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid program:

Township of Berkeley Heights: $50,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Township of Clark: $50,000
Roadway Improvement Project 

Township of Cranford: $90,000
Roadway Improvement Project 

City of Elizabeth: $105,000
Installation of Traffic Signals

Borough of Fanwood: $55,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Borough of Garwood $55,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Township of Hillside: $55,000
Roadway & Facilities Improvement Projects

Borough of Kenilworth: $75,000
Rehabilitation of Facilities, Housing Master Plan, Traffic Signal Study

City of Linden: $100,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Borough of Mountainside: $50,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Borough of New Providence: $55,000
Roadway Improvement Project

City of Plainfield: $100,000
Roadway Improvement Project 

City of Rahway: $65,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Borough of Roselle: $60,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Borough of Roselle Park: $55,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Township of Scotch Plains: $90,000
Park Facilities and Road Improvement Projects

Township of Springfield: $75,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Township of Union: $100,000
Roadway Improvement Project

Town of Westfield:  $100,000
Roadway Improvement Project
Township of Winfield: $15,000
Facility Improvements: Municipal Building & Police Department

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