Friday, May 26th, 2017
Twenty-seven Morris County towns will receive state Local Aid awards totaling $4.6 million, ranging from $82,500 for Chatham Township resurfacing projects to maximum $250,000 grants awarded to Boonton Township, East Hanover, and Mount Arlington for municipal road projects.
It is part of the Christie Administration’s Local Aid grants awards, totaling $79 million statewide, to help municipalities finance advance a variety of local road and transportation projects.
“Most of the Municipal Aid grants will support road resurfacing or preservation projects, and will help towns make much needed repairs,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Richard T. Hammer.
The competitive Municipal Aid grant program attracted 628 applications. A total 373 municipalities applicants were awarded grants, which are funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. Twenty-seven of those grants went to Morris County municipalities (see chart below).
Under the Municipal Aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles. Municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share.
Past performance in connection with timely award of projects and construction close-out factor into the evaluation of the Municipal Aid grant proposals. Of the $78.75 million, there is $5 million allotted for municipalities qualifying for Urban Aid under state law, with the awards determined by the Department of Community Affairs.
When evaluating municipal aid grant applications, NJDOT gives an additional point to municipalities that have adopted Complete Streets policies. At the time municipal aid applications were due there were 122 municipalities with complete streets policies, and all but eleven submitted applications. Of them, 99 were recommended for grants totaling $21.4 million.
A total of 134 municipalities and eight counties now have adopted Complete Streets policies, which establishes guidelines that require consideration be given to pedestrians and bicyclists when local transportation projects are being planned, designed, and built. NJDOT adopted its award-winning policy in December, 2009.
NJDOT provides 75 percent of a municipal aid grant when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.
|Municipality||Name Of Project||Grant Award Amount|
|Boonton Town||North Main Street||$215,000|
|Boonton Township||Resurfacing of Kingsland Road||$250,000|
|Butler Borough||EAST BELLEVIEW AVE RESURFACING||$174,000|
|Chatham Borough||Final Phase: North Passaic Avenue Pedestrian Safety
Improvement Project 2017
|Chatham Township||Robert Drive, Dale Drive & Spring Street Road
|Chester Township||South Road – Phase II Improvements||$210,000|
|Denville Township||Old Boonton Road Resurfacing Project||$133,000|
|East Hanover Township||Various Roadways||$250,000|
|Florham Park Borough||Campus Drive Jughandle and Road Repaving and
Traffic Signal Improvement Project
|Harding Township||Blue Mill Road Section I||$174,000|
|Jefferson Township||Milton Road Improvements – Phase 2||$123,000|
|Kinnelon Borough||Maple Lake Road Improvements||$105,000|
|Long Hill Township||Morristown Road Improvements – Phase I||$204,000|
|Madison Borough||Greenwood Avenue (S) Reconstruction||$245,000|
|Mendham Township||Union Schoolhouse Road||$247,000|
|Mine Hill Township||Hurd Street (Phase 2)||$105,000|
|Montville Township||Horseneck Road Improvement Project||$200,000|
|Morris Plains Borough||Washington Ave. and Watnong Drive Improvements||$140,000|
|Morris Township||Lake Valley Road Improvements Project||$175,000|
|Mount Arlington Borough||Kadel Drive Roadway Improvements||$250,000|
|Mountain Lakes Borough||Pocono/Midvale 2||$222,000|
|Netcong Borough||Railroad Avenue & Marc Court Improvements – Phase 2||$84,407|
|Parsippany-Troy Hills Township||Old Bloomfield Avenue, Phase I Improvement Project||$245,000|
|Pequannock Township||Mountain Avenue, Phase II||$175,000|
|Randolph Township||Quaker Church Road Paving Program Phase 2||$133,000|
|Riverdale Borough||Newberry Pl & Brown Ct Improvements||$245,000|
|Roxbury Township||Shippenport Road Ramps Resurfacing Project.||$105,000|