Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced this afternoon that Monmouth County will receive $6 million in “Local Bridge, Future Needs” grants from the NJ Department of Transportation. The money, which comes from the Transportation Trust Fund (gas tax) , will fund the reconstruction of bridges in Hazlet/Keansburg, Middletown, Neptune Township/Wall and Upper Freehold.
“This award demonstrates how the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund is employed to support vital local projects,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “I want to commend NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore for their efforts to ensure that this grant program funds bridge projects around the state in a fair and appropriate manner.”
The awards are part of a statewide grant program that has been increased from $25 million to $47.3 million this year, in part due to the efforts of O’Scanlon and Ettore, the head of Monmouth County’s Division of Engineering.
O’Scanlon told MMM that Ettore brought the existence of the “Local Bridge, Future Needs” fund to his attention with the suggestion that additional funding and a new formula for awards was warranted. Together, O’Scanlon and Ettore made their successful pitch to NJDOT.
“This is a big win for Monmouth County and a great example of good, responsive government. When there were minimal, actually deficient, funds available for this critical infrastructure, distributing it by County was appropriate. With the increase in funds the methodology had to change,” said O’Scanlon. “Working with Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore and professionals at the DOT we were able to arrive at a new formula that’s fair to all. Kudos to the efforts of Joe and DOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti and her staff.”
The $6,068,015 award to Monmouth County is the largest in the state.
$1.7 million will fund the reconstruction of the bridge on Remsen Mill Road over the Shark River between Neptune Township and Wall Township. The bridge on Holmes Mill Road over Miry Run in Upper Freehold will be reconstruction at a cost of $1,068,000. The Hazlet and Keansburg bridge over Waackaack Creek at Fourth Street/Kennedy Way will be rebuilt at a cost of $1.8 million. Finally, $1.5 million will be spent to rebuild the bridge over McClee’s Creek at Navesink River Road in Middletown.