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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Erin Phalon
609-530-4280

RELEASE: October 13, 2005

 

NJDOT announces $5.2 million in grants to New Jersey municipalities

Safe Streets to Schools aid will fund 60 pedestrian safety projects

(Trenton) Commissioner Jack Lettiere today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will award $5.2 million to fund pedestrian safety projects in 60 New Jersey towns (pdf 20K). This year's Safe Streets to Schools funding package contains an increase of $1.2 million in aid since the Fiscal Year 2004 package.

"The Safe Streets to Schools program reflects the State of New Jersey 's commitment to improve pedestrian safety and enhance the quality of life in our communities," said Lettiere. "These grants will make schoolchildren safer, pay for needed sidewalks and crosswalks, and decrease roadway congestion by encouraging residents to travel on foot or bicycle."

The Safe Streets to Schools grants provide direct property tax relief for municipalities that would otherwise be forced to pay for these improvements using local taxes. NJDOT each spring encourages municipalities to apply for Safe Streets to School funding through its Local Aid Division.

Municipal projects supporting the safety of school-age children are eligible for Safe Streets to Schools funding. This year's grants will fund a variety of pedestrian safety projects, including the installation and improvement of sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and walkways, school zone speed signals, traffic calming projects, traffic signals and warning devices.

"The DOT Safe Streets to Schools Grant funding does two things: it keeps our children safe and it keeps municipal tax rates low," said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. "Keeping our children safe is one of my top priorities. If we can do that with state funding, our local taxpayers will not have to worry about paying for this work."

NJDOT's Safe Streets to Schools grant program is popular and competitive. Of 255 grant applications received, the NJDOT is able to fund 60 - or 24% - requests. Funding for this popular program also is limited; NJDOT received over $46 million in requests and awarded $5.2 million.

 

 
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