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Point Pleasant Beach To Get Nearly $200,000 For Road Improvements

The state has provided nearly $200,000 to Point Pleasant Beach to improve Homestead and Princeton avenues.

The town is on a long list of recipients who will receive a Municipal Aid grant worth a combined total of about $5 million. One Bikeway grant worth $185,000 will benefit Barnegat Township, which also will receive a Municipal Aid grant.

“These grants promote motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, mobility and quality-of-life projects,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.  “Most of the Municipal Aid grants will support street paving or preservation projects, and will arrive in time for towns to make much needed repairs after a brutal winter.”

The grants are part of a package of 391 Local Aid grants worth $81.6 million announced for municipalities across the state. 

The bulk of the Local Aid grants will be awarded under the Municipal Aid program, with 377 grants totaling $78.6 million.  In addition, $3 million is being awarded statewide with $1 million each for three grant programs—Transit Village, Local Bikeway, and Safe Streets to Transit.  All of these grant programs are competitive, with applications rated on their merits by NJDOT and other transportation officials.

Municipal Aid

The competitive Municipal Aid grant program attracted 653 applications worth $255 million in work.  A total of 6 percent of the successful applicants submitted proposals for non-traditional projects involving pedestrian safety, bikeways and streetscape projects.

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.

When evaluating municipal aid grant applications, NJDOT gives an additional point to municipalities that have adopted Complete Streets policies.  Sixty-seven municipalities had done so at the time municipal aid applications were due, and all but two submitted applications.  Of them, 56 were recommended for grants totaling $15 million. 

A total of 90 municipalities and six counties now have adopted Complete Streets policies, which establish 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.

Transit Village

Of the 15 municipalities seeking grants for projects within their Transit Village zones, Transit Village grants worth a total of $1 million were awarded to Pleasantville (Atlantic County), Burlington City (Burlington County), Dunellen (Middlesex County), and Somerville (Somerset County).

Under this program, municipalities that have transit facilities within their borders can seek to be designated as a Transit Village by developing plans for dense, mixed-use redevelopment that includes housing near their transit facility. 

Additionally, at the time Municipal Aid applications were due, there were 27 municipalities in the Transit Village program, and all 27 submitted Municipal Aid grant applications.  Twenty-six were selected for grant awards totaling $7.1 million.  Participation in the Transit Village program earns municipalities an extra point when their Municipal Aid applications are considered.

Today there are 28 municipalities in the Transit Village program.

Local Bikeway

The Department received 71 applications totaling $22.6 million for grants under the Bikeway program. Bikeway grants totaling $1 million are being awarded to Hammonton (Atlantic County), Middle Township (Cape May County), West Windsor (Mercer County), and Barnegat Township (Ocean County).

Safe Streets to Transit

Six grants worth $1 million are being awarded under the Safe Streets to Transit program to Camden and Voorhees (Camden County), Millville (Cumberland County), Jersey City (Hudson County), Metuchen (Middlesex County), and Lincoln Park (Morris County).  The Department received 78 applications worth $20.8 million for grants under this program

Art Penrose May 20, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Maybe someone can take ten-cents of this money and make a phone call to the State DOT "trainee" who supervised the paving of Route 35 North in Point Beach right before the Brielle Bridge. That has to be the most uneven, amateur attempt to pave a state highway I have ever seen. Prisoners could have done a better job. Don't any of these State workers take any pride in their work? What a crappy job...
Rick Ricky May 20, 2014 at 07:31 PM
@Art Penrose, You are so right. My wife said the same exact words to me the other day. I agree with her and you. The worse crappy job ever. Did you notice that 35 S was done by a private company and they did a beautiful job on the opposite side. BTW, when did princeton avenue become the beach?
Laura May 20, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Princeton Avenue is between Yale and Seymour in the Beach.
patrick allgor May 21, 2014 at 07:02 AM
I hope they're aren't saying rt.35 is done either. That job needs a final coat of asphalt
Rick Ricky May 24, 2014 at 04:52 PM
@Laura, Oh...Thank You for clarifying that. I thought they were talking about princeton avenue in the boro. Didn't even know there was a princeton avenue in the beach. $200,000 dollars in work needs to be done on these two little streets.

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