Local infrastructure projects could see new funding after an announcement from New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.
The Murphy Administration will make $161.25 million in Fiscal Year 2024 County Aid to help make infrastructure improvements on the local level.
“NJDOT is committed to a safe, efficient, and equitable transportation system throughout the State, which means making investments in local infrastructure,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “County Aid provides millions of dollars to help improve county roads and bridges without burdening local property taxpayers,” she added.
Funded Through TTF
Funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), the new funding will be shared with all of the state’s 21 counties.
Each county will also receive an allotment from approximately $981,000 in unexpended funds from the Statewide Transportation and Local Bridge Bond Act of 1999 that are being reappropriated based on a recently-passed bill.
Any such funds must be used to rehabilitate and improve structurally-deficient bridges consistent with the Local Bridge Fund program, and must be awarded by June 30, 2025.
Funding for North Jersey Counties
County Aid funds are apportioned based on population and road mileage in each county, and then each county is given authority to select the projects that receive funding.
Counties are required to submit eligible projects, identified in the County’s annual Transportation Program to NJDOT for approval prior to Dec. 1, 2023.
Eligible projects may include improvements to public roads and bridges under county jurisdiction, or other transportation-related work
Bergen County will see a total allocation of more than $6.8 million while Passaic County will see $7.5 million. Hudson County will see $6.8 million.
Meanwhile, funding will also be allocated to Warren County (nearly $4.1 million), Sussex County (more than $5 million), Essex County (about $9.6 million) and Morris County ($7.9 million).