March 26, 2012
Re: Local Aid Infrastructure Fund and Safe Streets to Transit Grants Announced
Late on Friday, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced $78.4 million in local aid grants to 376 municipalities to advance street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects.
The bulk of the Local Aid grants were awarded under the Municipal Aid program, with 374 grants totaling $76,126,200. Another 10 Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) grants worth $1,810,000 and three Safe Streets to Transit (SSTT) grants worth $500,000 were also announced.
Including the Municipal Aid grant awards announced, the State will award approximately $193.5 million in state-funded grants this year under several different Local Aid grant categories. An additional $101.2 million in federally funded grants will bring the total value of the Local Aid grant program to $294.7 million.
New Jersey’s Local Aid program provides significant support to municipalities which maintain 74% of streets and roads throughout the state. Now more than ever, alternate revenues other than property taxes are needed and appreciated by mayors and residents alike.
Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population, the number of local centerline miles and other factors, and municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share. NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.
A list of the grant awards are available at:
Municipal Aid Projects by county www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2012/documents/FY2012MuniAid.pdf.
Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2012/documents/LAIF2012.pdf
Safe Streets to Transit www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2012/documents/SSTT_2012.pdf
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.