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NJDOT gives communities funds to
upgrade town centers, improve safety,
enhance quality of life

When people think about the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), they usually think about roads, bridges and mass transit. While these are all critical to the economy, direct investments in communities are equally important.

The best way to invest in communities is to provide a direct infusion of funds for local projects that spur economic growth, enhance quality of life and also preserve a community's character.
NJDOT awards significant grant money to local communities for such projects as revitalizing downtown areas, improving pedestrian safety by enhancing crosswalks, building sidewalks near schools, constructing hiking trails, creating bikeways and restoring historic structures.

In FY2002, the Department's Local Aid program has distributed roughly $313 million. This amount includes over $67 million for Municipal Aid, over $67 million for County Aid and $14 million for Transportation Enhancements.

This funding has meant tangible results for New Jersey communities. For example, $145,000 was granted to restore Brown Street in Flemington; $300,000 to overhaul the Main Street Pedestrian Crosswalk in Freehold and $500,000 for the Downtown Transit & Historic Center in Paterson. These are just a sampling of the variety of local projects funded by NJDOT across the state.

In addition to revitalizing downtown centers, the Local Aid program places a premium on enhancing the quality of life in communities through the creation of hiking trails and bikeways in natural and scenic areas. For example, the federally funded Transportation Enhancement Program recently awarded $500,000 for recreational hiking trails in Sussex County.

The Enhancement Grant program allows NJDOT to fund non-traditional transportation projects that add to the quality of life for New Jersey residents. It is important that communities capitalize on the federal transportation funds available for projects of this nature.
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