NJ Gets $128M In Federal Grant Cash For Sandy Relief
The New Jersey Department of Transportation will receive a $128,320,000 federal grant for the repair of roads and highways damaged by super-storm Sandy. The grant, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Relief (ER) Program, is awarded to a State after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the State files a request for ER for the cost of damages to its eligible highways.
"New Jersey's infrastructure experienced unprecedented damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy," says U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). "Our roads and highways are the lifeline to our communities and we must take immediate action to get things moving again. Infrastructure investment is the centerpiece of America’s economic recovery.”
Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.
Pascrell explains, “This grant will create good jobs here in New Jersey and boost a fragile economy all while rebuilding a stronger Garden Sate. It's a win-win. I applaud this investment in New Jersey's recovery and look forward to seeing shovels in the ground."