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Posted Monday, July 17th, 2017

photo of Gov. Christie announcing the Route 206 preservation project at a press conference today in Somerset County

Gov. Christie announcing the Route 206 preservation project at a press conference today in Somerset County

Governor Chris Christie today announced a safety and preservation project for an 8-mile stretch of Route 206 from Bedminster in Somerset County to Chester Borough in Morris County.

This project is designed to improve ride quality, extend the service life of the existing pavement and save future rehabilitation costs for taxpayers and 22,000 motorists who travel that stretch of road each day.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation project will start next month. It involves applying a slurry seal to the highway to address low severity surface defects to protect the underlying structure on that road, which is mostly a single lane in each direction.

The work will be financed by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which will generate $4 billion for infrastructure improvements over the next year.Transportation Trust Fund logo

“As we begin the first full year of historic Transportation Trust Fund investments, residents are starting to see work going on in every area of the state on roads, bridges, and mass transit to improve safety, increase efficiency, and generally enhance the traveling experience for all,” Governor Christie said. (Watch the video)

Route 206 signIn Morris County, there are 12 TTF-funded projects in construction, concept development, or design, valued at an estimated $43.8 million, as part of 43 total DOT state and federally-funded projects in the county.

The Route 206 pavement preservation project is part of a larger $6 million project that includes 7 miles of Route 46 from White Township to Independence Township in Warren County and 3.3 miles of Route 208 from Fairlawn to Glen Rock in Bergen County.  In total, those three projects will impact as many as 110,000 motorists each day and will be completed later this year or early next year.

The TTF provides $4 billion annually for New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure, facilitating a $32 billion total investment of federal and state funds over eight years.