Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The board of trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has endorsed a set of road, rail, bridge and other transportation investments that will use more than $750 million in federal stimulus funds.

The “ready to go” projects to be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act include about $8.9 million for locally led projects in Morris County, according to Freeholder Director Gene Feyl, a member of the NJTPA executive committee.

Those projects include $5.8 million for rehabilitation work to the Chester Branch Railroad, a county-owned freight line in Roxbury; $2.4 million for various milling and resurfacing projects throughout the county; $350,000 for intersection improvements to Ridgedale and Deforest avenues and Ridgedale Avenue and Troy Road in East Hanover; $200,000 for signal work at Parsippany Road, Route 202 and Parsippany Boulevard in Parsippany; and $200,000 for signal work at West Hanover Avenue and Burnham and Stiles roads in Morris Township and Morris Plains.

As the federally endorsed Metropolitan Planning Organization for a 13-county area in northern and central New Jersey, the NJTPA must approve all federal transportation investment in the region, Feyl said.

In addition, Feyl said several state road, bridge and NJ TRANSIT projects in Morris County will be funded by the stimulus act. These include $14 million for resurfacing Rt. 80 westbound east of South Beverwyck Road to west of the Rt. 23 Interchange; and about $15 million for bridge deck replacement or rehabilitation projects on I-80 east and westbound over Berkshire Valley Road; on I-287 northbound over Route 46; and on Salem Street over Rt. 10.