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The New Jersey Department of Transportation issued $47.3 million in grants to fund 47 local bridge repair projects on July 31 as part of its Local Bridge, Future Needs or LBFN program, which is designed to help counties maintain local bridges in a state of good repair.

Those are the largest bridge grant awards in New Jersey history, the agency noted in a statement – almost doubling the amount of funds previously provided to counties across the state.

The grants are administered by the NJDOT Divisions of Local Aid and Economic Development, are evaluated by the Bureau of Structural Engineering, and are funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund or TTF, which provides funding for each of state’s 21 counties for the improvement of county bridges.

An increase to New Jersey’s fuel taxes as part of the TTF’s renewal back in October 2016 made it possible to increase grants in fiscal year

Under the LBFN program, every county receives $1 million and the additional funding is allotted based on a formula taking into account the total deck area in the county, and the amount of deck area in poor condition in the county, NJDOT pointed out, with a full list of county allotments and project awards available by clicking here.

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