$6M appropriation secured by Rep. Pallone goes to ferry building,
OEM building gets $1M obtained by Sen. Menendez & Sen. Booker
CARTERET, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman announced that the Borough will receive $7 million in federal funds for the boroughs Intermodal Transportation Building that will serve the forthcoming ferry terminal on the waterfront and for a new $2.5 million OEM building at 315 Pershing Ave.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th) secured $6 million in appropriations for the intermodal transportation building, and U.S. senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker sponsored $1 million in Congressionally Directed Spending for the OEM Building project.
“We are thrilled and extremely grateful to our Congressman Frank Pallone and Senators Menendez and Booker for the support for these Carteret projects,” Mayor Reiman said. “Currently in its final design phase, the Carteret Intermodal Transportation Building will be another spectacular project on a constantly evolving waterfront. The Transportation Building will have a ticket office, restrooms, restaurants, bars, retail shops, office space, a lounge, and a banquet center. The project will be among many that will help to transform our once entirely industrial waterfront into a destination.
“The plan for the OEM building is to retrofit and modernize the old volunteer first aid building, which the borough acquired several years back,” the Mayor continued. “Currently, OEM is housed on Roosevelt Avenue in an old 1900s-era firehouse that is beyond repair. Once completed, all OEM operations and our 911 backup will be housed on Upper Pershing Avenue in the modernized OEM building.”
Rep. Pallone said he was glad he was able to deliver critical funding to help the Carteret Intermodal Transportation Building move closer to completion.
The project is one of 15 within the 6th Congressional District for which the Congressman secured funding as part of the $1.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill.
“Mayor Reiman and municipal officials are working hard to make the Carteret ferry a reality, and I want to thank them for continuing to make the Borough a wonderful place to live and
work,” Rep. Pallone said. “Once completed, the ferry will allow New Jersey residents and tourists to easily travel between New Jersey and downtown Manhattan. This funding will deliver efficient and reliable transportation options to residents in Central New Jersey and will help reduce vehicle congestion. I look forward to seeing President Biden sign the underlying legislation into law.”
Sen. Menendez and Sen. Booker secured more than $166.2 million in federal funding for 130 projects throughout the state.
In a news release, they said that upgrading vital infrastructure will provide major benefits to communities, such as Carteret, to keep families safe.
“I am proud to have fought to ensure this funding was included and am grateful for the organizations, community leaders, and elected officials who are working tirelessly to advance … critical initiatives. I’m excited to see the positive impact …”
Carteret recently took major steps forward in constructing its long-planned ferry terminal with the completion of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2 for the game-changing state-of-the-art transportation project.
Phase 1 included the installation last month of approximately 130 linear feet of steel sheet pile bulkhead along the Arthur Kill waterfront that will be home to the future ferry terminal landing.
Phase 2 began this week with dredging the waterside of the bulkhead to achieve sufficient depths for the ferry slips and docking area. At a cost of approximately $2.5 million, this work includes 19,500 cubic feet of dredging and is overseen by the state Department of Transportation Office of Maritime Resources. The Borough received full funding for these phases of the project last year from the New Jersey DOT Transportation Capital Trust Fund.
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