The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently released $161.25 million in fiscal year 2021 County Aid grants to help fund local infrastructure improvements. Those grants are funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund.
“County Aid is just one of many programs [that help] our communities by improving infrastructure throughout New Jersey at every level of government,” Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, New Jersey DOT commissioner, explained in a statement. “County Aid provides millions of dollars to local governments to help ensure their roads and bridges are maintained in a state of good repair without burdening local property taxpayers.”
New Jersey’s 21 counties will share that $161.25 million to help maintain local roads and bridges in a state of good repair for the thousands of motorists that count on them each day.
The agency added that County Aid funds are appropriated annually for the improvement of public roads and bridges under county jurisdiction and are apportioned based on population and road mileage in each county, and each county selects the projects that receive funding.
The New Jersey DOT also pointed out that Governor Phil Murphy (D) recently signed into law a new schedule for County Aid in which the department must inform counties of their allotments for the current fiscal year by July 31 to help counties better plan future projects.