Christie Administration announces a grant for rail improvements in EHT

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Grant is among 25 totaling $11.4 million for road, aviation and freight rail projects  

(Trenton) – The Christie Administration today announced the award of an $999,166 grant to southern Railroad Co. of New Jersey for track improvements in Egg Harbor Township.

The freight rail grant is administered through the NJDOT Rail Freight Assistance Program.

The grant is among 25 grants totaling $11.4 million that will enable 14 municipalities, eight freight railroads and three airports to advance infrastructure improvement projects.

 

Among the grants are 13 Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants totaling $2.75 million, eight Rail Freight Assistance Program grants for $6.6 million and four State Airport Improvement Program grants totaling $2 million.

“The range of these grants illustrate how diverse modes of travel give shape to New Jersey’s robust transportation network,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.  “These grants promote air, rail and vehicular transportation, each of which plays a role in driving our economy.  The Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants allow municipalities and counties to make vital improvements to streets without burdening local property taxpayers.”

The Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants, ranging from $37,000 to $430,000, have been awarded to municipalities in 13 different counties.  Twelve of the grants go to individual towns, with one grant being awarded to CumberlandCounty, which is taking the lead on a project that falls within Hopewell and Upper Deerfield townships. Grants will fund a variety ofprojects, including repairs to streets, drainage systems, a railroad crossing and a boardwalk.  A complete list of the LAIF grant recipients and amounts is available here.

The eight freight railroad grants, ranging from $202,000 to $1.6 million, support track rehabilitation and construction projects in Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland and Atlantic counties. The grants will fund work to remove and replace  railroad ties, strengthen rail bridges and install new track and switches.

Three general aviation airports are receiving four grants, with Trenton-MercerAirport (MercerCounty) receiving nearly $1.4 million to support an airport security fence project.  SkyManorAirport (HunterdonCounty) is receiving $147,250 for an aircraft apron and CentralJerseyAirport (SomersetCounty) is receiving two grants $212,000 for a General Aviation fuel tank and self-service system and for security fencing.


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