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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: May 5, 2004

NJDOT Commissioner Lettiere Addresses Local Transportation Issues at District 12 Meeting

NJDOT Local Aid and Capital Program Projects within District 12 municipalities at center of Meeting

(MANALAPAN) State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere attended a 12 th District Meeting at the Manalapan Municipal Building hosted by Senator Ellen Karcher and Assemblyman Michael J. Panter, as well as Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee John Wisniewski, to discuss local transportation issues. Attending were officials from Manalapan, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Colts Neck, Hightstown, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, and Tinton Falls.   Mayor Beth Ward of Manalapan presided over the meeting. (See Photo)

 Local elected officials were invited to attend the April 28 th meeting and to address the Commissioner directly about transportation needs in the area, as well as for the entire state.   District 12 has in recent years has experienced high growth rates and Commissioner Lettiere noted the importance for all the municipalities to work together with the DOT to ensure safety, reduce congestion, and improve the quality of life for local residents.

The NJDOT currently has over 60 Local Aid projects in the works, or up for award, in the 12 th District.   NJDOT's Local Aid program provides significant property tax relief to New Jersey counties and municipalities by making direct investments in local communities.   The majority of these projects are funded through Municipal Aid grants, but also include projects funded through Discretionary Aid and Centers of Place, as well as Bikeway and Pedestrian Safety.  

The DOT has the following projects under agreement from the Local Aid grants of 2004:

•  Dutch Neck Road (East Windsor Twsp.)

•  Water Street (Englishtown)

•  Wyckoff's Mill Road (Hightstown)

•  Hance Road (Fair Haven)

•  West Main Street (Freehold Boro)

•  White Road (Little Silver)

•  Church Lane (Manalapan)

•  Robertsville Road (Marlboro)

•  Millstone Road Reconstruction (Millstone)

•  Burnt Mill Circle (Oceanport)

•  Oakland Street (Red Bank)

•  Frances Street (Shrewsbury Boro)

•  Belshaw Avenue (Shrewsbury Twsp.)

•  Wardell Road Phase 1 (Tinton Falls)

The DOT is making significant investments in District 12, to be funded by the Fiscal year 2005 Capital Program, which was recently unveiled before the Assembly Budget Committee by Commissioner Lettiere.   The FY 2005 capital program fulfills Governor McGreevey's commitment to improving safety, easing congestion by using smart growth and fix-it-first strategies, and providing needed property tax relief to New Jersey's counties and municipalities.  

The DOT has the following projects proposed in District 12 under the Fiscal Year 2005 Transportation Capital Program:

•  Freehold Roadway Improvements (Freehold Boro)

•  Robertsville Road Intersection Improvements (Marlboro Twsp.)

•  Halls Mill Road/Kozloski Road (Freehold Twsp.)

•  Schanck Road/Rt. 79/Willowbrook Road (Freehold Twsp.)

•  Halls Mill Road (Freehold Twsp.)

•  CR 524/Jackson Mills Road (Freehold Twsp.)

•  Route 130 Bridge Deck Replacement (East Windsor Twsp.)

The FY 2005 capital program allows NJDOT to repair and rehabilitate over 15,000 lane miles of state highway, 32,000 miles of county and municipal roadways, 5,000 state and local bridges.   This robust program will also put record amounts of work on the street.   In FY 2005 alone, NJDOT will award more than $740 million worth of engineering and construction contracts.

Improving safety is the NJDOT's top priority and roughly $100 million will be spent on engineering, education and enforcement initiatives designed to increase safety on our highways and bridges.

“The FY 2005 capital program is a fiscally responsible, yet robust investment in New Jersey's transportation network,” said Commissioner Jack Lettiere.   “ Through this FY 2005 Capital Program, as well as our Local Aid program grants, we will help rebuild and revitalize communities, improve safety, and enhance the quality of life in the municipalities of District 12 and of all of New Jersey.”

The entire Proposed Fiscal Year 2005 Capital Program is available on NJDOT's web site and is broken down by projects, counties and routes.

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