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(cnbnews.net) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Jersey Avenue in between 6th and 7th Street floods everytime there is a heavy rain storm. This condition has existed for decades. What is amazing, this area has been chosen for the construction of a multi-million dollar Middle School. It makes one wonder why after all these years the flooding has never been corrected. Do you think if this flooding was in Haddonfield instead of Gloucester City this condition would exist? ~Bill Cleary

 

Up to $30 million in Federal and State Funds Will Assist Counties and Municipalities

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                         

(September 8) Trenton, NJ- Demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to the storm recovery process, Governor Chris Christie today announced he is making available  $7.5 million in Local Aid Infrastructure funding to help cover up to $30 million in repairs to local roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene. The $7.5 million will be used to cover county and municipal matches of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants that require a 25% local contribution.

                                        

 “Hurricane Irene demonstrated how important New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure network is to our overall mobility and our sustained economic activity,” said Governor Christie during his remarks to the fall gathering of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors held at Drumthwacket. “To assist municipalities and counties recover from the impact of Irene, I am announcing today that Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) grant money will be made available for immediate hurricane-related transportation infrastructure repair assistance. This aid package has been assembled to spur the recovery process in a way that reduces the strain on local municipal budgets and expedites repairs to critical infrastructure.”

 

Project funding will be administered in the same manner as Local Aid Infrastructure (LAIF) grants with municipalities and counties requesting grants for specific projects through the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Applications for aid will be accepted immediately.  Applicants should follow normal procedures and file a NJDOT form SA-96 to request a grant.

 

The Christie Administration will work in a timely manner to review applications and award grants to help repair and reconstruction work to begin as quickly as possible.

 

The amount of FEMA grants to New Jersey local and county governments is not known at this time. Should FEMA grants exceed $30 million, the Local Aid funding announced today will be used to cover portions of local matches.

 

Information on the LAIF process, including the Form SA-96 grant application form, is available online atwww.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/descrfunding.shtm

 

Questions should be directed to Michael Russo, Director, Local Aid and Economic Development, NJDOT at (609) 530-3640 or via email atmike.russo@dot.state.nj.us

 

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(cnbnews.net photo)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Sixth Street at the foot of Division. Beginning in the 60's every time there is a heavy rain storm this area floods. In the foreground, on the other side of the fence is part of the area chosen for the proposed $70 million Middle School. Why has this condition been allowed to exist for so long is anyone's guess? One thing is certain, if this flooding was happening in a more affuent community it would have been repaired when it first happened.

 

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