New Jersey awards $161.25M in Municipal Aid grants

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently awarded $161.25 million in Fiscal Year 2024 Municipal Aid grants to 543 cities and towns statewide.

A total of $66.7 million was awarded to 173 municipalities with Complete Streets policies while $29.4 million was awarded to 49 communities where projects benefit low-income and minority populations.

Funding is used to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements.

“Having a safe, efficient, and equitable transportation system in New Jersey includes making sure the State does its part to help municipalities improve local infrastructure,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “These funds enable our communities to undertake transportation projects that significantly improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents without the need to use property tax dollars. I look forward to seeing these dollars in action and congratulate all municipal grant recipients.”

There are seven project categories within the Municipal Aid grant program: bikeway, bridge preservation, mobility, pedestrian safety, quality of life, roadway preservation, and roadway safety.

Counties are apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles.

Complete Streets policies establish guidelines that require consideration be given to pedestrians and bicyclists when transportation projects are being planned, designed, and built.