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The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently released roughly $161 million in fiscal year 2022 County Aid to help fund local transportation infrastructure improvements.

[Above photo by the New Jersey DOT]

The program – funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund – helps maintain local roads and bridges under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey’s 21 counties.

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti

“Providing state funding to county governments so they can keep their transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair is of the highest importance,” explained Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, New Jersey DOT’s commissioner, in a statement. “County Aid provides millions of dollars to help improve roads and bridges without burdening local property taxpayers.”

The agency noted that County Aid funds are apportioned based on population and road mileage in each county, with each county selecting the projects that receive funding. Counties are required to submit eligible projects to the New Jersey DOT for approval prior to December 1, 2021.

Additionally, Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed into law a new schedule for County Aid in which the New Jersey DOT must inform counties of their allotments for the current fiscal year by July 31 so as to help them better plan future projects.

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