EAST ORANGE, NJ – Union is set to receive $375,000 for an infrastructure project through a Municipal Aid grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 

Union is one of the 537 New Jersey municipalities Governor Phil Murphy announced who will be receiving a grant award, totaling $161.25 million. Cities and towns across the state are receiving grants to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements in an effort to continue the Department of Transportation’s Commitment to Communities’ efforts.

“The township is pleased to have been awarded this grant by the state,” said Union’s Assistant Business Administrator Tammie Baldwin.  “It enables us to stretch our road improvement funding a little further and get more road work done.”

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Union’s award is slated for the Jeanette Avenue Improvement Project.  According to Baldwin, Jeanette Avenue will be under construction in 2020.  Grant awards in Union County ranged from $649,000 for a project in Plainfield to $254 for a Hillside project.

 “Supporting New Jersey’s communities through funding for infrastructure maintenance and renewal is a core component of good government, and stands at the top of this Administration’s priorities,” said Governor Murphy. “Alongside (DOT) Commissioner Scaccetti, I’m proud to stand with our State’s municipalities to help them deliver projects to their residents that improve their mobility and their quality of life.”

The competitive Municipal Aid grant program attracted 681 applications from 544 different municipalities with a total of $377 million in work. Project applications were evaluated and rated on their merits by an independent panel of New Jersey municipal engineers with the support of NJDOT.

Applicants for Municipal Aid grants this year were submitted to NJDOT by October 2018 and were judiciously reviewed. Within the Municipal Aid program there are seven project categories eligible for funding: Roadway Preservation, Roadway Safety, Quality of Life, Mobility, Bikeway, Pedestrian Safety, and Bridge Preservation. Past performance in connection with timely award of projects and project delivery were part of the evaluation of the proposals.

Click here for a list of Municipal Aid grant awards.