Monday, January 28, 2013

Galloway Awarded $230,000 Grant from NJ DOT for Safe Routes to School Program for Collins Road

(Trenton) – The Christie Administration today announced Local Aid grants totaling $530,000 for two Atlantic County municipalities. The Atlantic County grants are among 35 Local Aid grants totaling nearly $6.8 million supporting local road and safety projects.

·         Egg Harbor City will receive a $300,000 Safe Routes to School grant for its Pedestrian and Bicycle School Access Program.

·         Galloway Township will receive $230,000 through the Safe Routes to School program for pedestrian safety improvements on Collins Road.

The entire package includes ten state-funded Local 
Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) grants totaling $1.1 million for emergency road repairs and 25 federally funded Safe Routes to School grants totaling $5.7 million for sidewalk, intersection, crosswalk and other improvements to help children remain safe as they walk or ride bicycles to and from school.

These grants are among hundreds distributed by this administration every year to help local and county governments advance essential projects without burdening local property taxpayers,” NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said.  “Local Aid grants are funneling $380 million in state and federal funds to support worthy local projects and planning initiatives in the current fiscal year.”

The Local Aid Infrastructure Fund generally supports unanticipated expenses, and this round of grants includes funding that will supplement Federal Emergency Management Administration grants related to damage caused by Hurricane Irene in 2012.

The Safe Routes to School grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Today’s announcement of the 25 grants will be provided to the recipients as their projects advance.

According to Township Manager Arch Liston, the Township will still need to go through design and then bidding of this project for Collins Road. The first phase which including improvements along Wrangleboro Road was delayed due to the Township needing to obtain easements from property owners. Liston also stated the Township looks at no costs coming from the Township.

Complete lists of the recipients and grant amounts for the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants, the Hurricane Irene-related LAIF grants and the Safe Routes to School grants are available online by clicking on the links here.  

The state Local Aid program is administered by NJDOT.


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