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Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017

road crews resurfacing a roadTwenty-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).NJ DOT logo

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.

Road Paving imageWhen 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.

2017 Municipal Aid Grants
Municipality Name Of Project Grant Award Amount
Boonton Town North Main Street $215,000
Boonton Township Resurfacing of Kingsland Road $250,000
Chatham Borough Final Phase: North Passaic Avenue Pedestrian Safety
Improvement Project 2017
Chatham Township Robert Drive, Dale Drive & Spring Street Road
Resurfacing Project
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