The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently issued $30.1 million in Local Freight Impact Fund grants to support 25 projects that will help counties and municipalities improve large truck traffic safety.
[Above photo by the New Jersey DOT]
This is the fifth year the agency has issued grants via the Local Freight Impact Fund, a competitive program created as part of the Transportation Trust Fund reauthorization in October 2016.
The program helps New Jersey’s counties and municipalities fund projects that emphasize and enhance the safe movement of large truck traffic, the agency said – renewing aging structures that carry large truck traffic, promoting economic development, and supporting new transportation opportunities without the need for additional property taxes.
“Funding the preservation and expansion of our freight transportation infrastructure is key to supporting the success of New Jersey’s role in our national supply chain,” explained Governor Phil Murphy (D) in a statement.
“The New Jersey Department of Transportation is committed to ensuring the safety of our commercial truck routes to and from the state’s seaports, airports, warehouses, and rail yards, so that goods can move efficiently,” added Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, New Jersey DOT’s commissioner.
“Local Freight Impact Fund grants are an important investment in New Jersey’s truck routes, helping provide the infrastructure necessary for a strong state and regional economy for years to come,” she said.
[Editor’s note: AASHTO’s Transportation TV recently profiled the New Jersey DOT as part of its ‘2 Minute State DOT Update’ video series.]
The funding provided by the state for these projects, along with an additional $75.2 million from local governments, will bring the total investment in those 25 freight projects to $105.3 million.
Of the 25 projects, one is for the construction of a new road and the other 24 are pavement preservation initiatives.