Carteret, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and Councilman Jorge Diaz have announced that the borough has been awarded $368,850 in assistance from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Aid Grant program to be used towards the Federal Boulevard repaving in West Carteret.
“I am pleased announce today that the borough has been awarded $368,850 of grant money from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Grant program to help Carteret upgrade several roadways in the West Carteret section of the borough,” Mayor Reiman stated. “These improvements and repairs are badly needed, not only for safety reasons, but for long term revitalization as well. This money will be a tremendous help in the borough’s efforts to upgrade our roads to use for the 21st century.”
The scope of improvements to be made on Federal Boulevard include roadway milling, roadway resurfacing, as well as improvements along a vertical curve which has long been a safety concern for both passenger cars and tractor trailers.
Statewide, municipal governments maintain more than 28,000 centerline miles of streets and roads, or 74 percent of the statewide total. The grant program covers a variety of projects, including road resurfacing and reconstruction projects. Under the Municipal Aid program, each county is apportioned a share of total funding based on population, the number of local centerline miles and other factors, and municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share. NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.
“The borough of Carteret remains committed to upgrading and improving the borough’s roads up to today’s usage and safety standards,” Councilman Diaz said. “This influx of money from the state will go a long way in helping us achieve these standards.” ´Borough-wide, Carteret is responsible for the maintenance of 192 roads, which adds up to more than 191 miles. The borough is planning to spend roughly $4 million dollars this year to upgrade and repave 30 municipal roads.