Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

All of northern and central New Jersey’s local transportation projects funded with federal stimulus dollars, including those in Morris County, were authorized in advance of the deadline set by Congress.

In all, 62 projects totaling approximately $124 million have been authorized in the 13-county region of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the agency that establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all projects using stimulus funds were required to be authorized by March 2. Authorization means the project has received all necessary federal approvals and can be put out for bid.

Projects in the NJTPA region include road resurfacing, bridge repair, pedestrian improvements and other work.

Morris County Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl said Morris County has the distinction of having the region’s first completed local stimulus project, the resurfacing of Mendham Road between Indianhead and Kahdena roads. The county also is resurfacing several other roads, restoring the Chester Branch Railroad and improving traffic signals and an intersection with stimulus funds, according to Feyl.

“County roads and bridges are a critical part of the overall transportation network,” said Feyl, who is also First Vice Chairman of the NJTPA Board of Trustees and Chairman of the NJTPA Project Prioritization Committee. “With these investments, the NJTPA is working to improve key infrastructure that is used every day by tens of thousands of people in our region.”

For more details on the NJTPA and local area projects, visit the agency’s website at www.njtpa.org .