September 8, 2011
RE: Governor Christie Announces Available Funding to Help Local Governments Repair Storm-Damaged Roads and Bridges
Today in Trenton, Governor Christie announced the availability of $7.5 million in Local Aid Infrastructure funding to help cover up to $30 million in repairs to local roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene. The $7.5 million will be used to cover county and municipal matches of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants that require a 25% local contribution.
Project funding will be administered in the same manner as Local Aid Infrastructure (LAIF) grants with municipalities and counties requesting grants for specific projects through the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Applications for aid will be accepted immediately. Applicants should follow normal procedures and file a NJDOT form SA - 96 to request a grant.
The Christie Administration will work in a timely manner to review applications and award grants to help repair and reconstruction work to begin as quickly as possible.
The amount of FEMA grants to New Jersey local and county governments is not known at this time. Should FEMA grants exceed $30 million, the Local Aid funding announced today will be used to cover portions of local matches.
Information on the LAIF process, including the Form SA - 96 grant application form, is available online at www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/descrfunding.shtm.
Questions on this can be addressed to Michael Russo, Director, Local Aid and Economic Development, NJDOT at (609) 530-3640 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.