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$47.3 million in FY19 grants Program provides millions to each county to improve local bridges

(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the grant solicitation period for FY19 Local Bridges, Future Needs program will open today, October 26 with applications being accepted through January 11, 2019.  

“The New Jersey Department of Transportation is committed to supporting our communities and improving all roads and bridges in the State – including those maintained by counties and municipalities,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.  “Using funds raised through the gas tax, NJDOT is able to provide grants to make critical improvements to county-owned bridges, over which thousands of motorists travel daily.”

Local Bridges, Future Needs (LBFN) is a $47.3 million program funded through the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which provides funding for each of New Jersey’s 21 counties for the improvement of county bridges. Every county receives $1 million and the additional funding is allotted based on a formula taking into account the total bridge deck area in the county, and the amount of deck area in poor condition in the county. As part of the Department’s Statewide Capital Investment Strategy, the grants are intended to help counties focus on the bridges under their jurisdiction with the greatest structural deficiencies.

The grants are administered by the NJDOT Divisions of Local Aid and Economic Development and evaluated by the Division of Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Management, and are funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund.  Each year, Local Aid grants represent a significant portion of Local System Support, which also includes local lead projects, regional planning and project development, and transportation alternative projects.

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