UNION, NJ — When the largest amount of Municipal Aid grant awards in New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) history was announced this week, $600,000 was awarded to the Township of Union for the improvement to Winslow Avenue. Winslow Ave. is between Vauxhall Road and Morrison Avenue, running alongside Biertuempful Park.
“We know that because of our strategic location amidst Route 78, the Garden State Parkway and Morris Ave, and proximity to New York City and Newark Airport, our roads receive far more wear and tear on a yearly basis,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “Over the past few years we have been aggressive in maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure and we’re proud that the Murphy administration is paralleling that commitment, with the awarding of this grant.”
Gov. Phil Murphy credited the recent gas tax increase for more than doubling the amount of funds for local road and bridge safety improvement projects. This year, more than $161 million is being awarded to 505 New Jersey communities compared to last year’s $78.75 million distributed to 364 municipalities in 2017.
“These funds are instrumental in allowing each municipality to maintain its local roads and bridges in a state of good repair,” said Murphy. “Providing Municipal Aid grants to nearly 90 percent of our towns and cities is truly historic and demonstrates our commitment to relieve pressure on local property taxpayers.”
Out of the 565 municipalities in the state, 532 submitted grant applications, according to the governor’s office. These grants are intended to enable the towns to advance road, bridge, safety and quality-of-life improvements without relying on local property taxes to complete the work.
Under the grant program, each county is appropriated a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles.