Gloucester County Leads In Federal Stimulus Funding Road Project Improvements Total $14,800,000 in Federal Funding
(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Deputy Director Robert M. Damminger said that being prepared and having projects designed and ready for Federal Authorization landed Gloucester County an additional $3,050,000 in Federal Stimulus funding for three (3) more needed projects and an additional unanticipated $1,850,000 in federal funding to complete (2) projects.
The additional $4.9 million in federal funding comes on top of $9,950,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) federal grant funds received to complete road and safety improvements throughout Gloucester County.
"Gloucester County has been aggressive about completing grant applications and plans so that the projects can get moving and people can get working," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Our ability to be organized and ready has landed us another $4.9 million to get projects done. That is significant because we would not have had the funding to do the projects this year without the federal money."
In 2009 the Engineering Department worked to complete the grant applications and plans and specifications for seven (7) different Federal Stimulus Projects, totaling $9,950,000.00 in grant funds. Two projects that have been completed are the resurfacing and safety improvements to Tuckahoe Road from Hewitt Avenue to CR 659 in Monroe and resurfacing and safety improvements to Fries Mill Road from CR 689 to Route 322 in Monroe and Franklin Townships.
Resurfacing and safety Improvements to Route 322 from CR 623 to CR 609 in Harrison Township, Signalization of Route 45 and Mullica Road in Harrison and countywide upgrades of pedestrian crosswalks will begin in April.
Scheduled for completion in May 2010 are the resurfacing and safety improvements to Fries Mill Road from Route 322 to CR 610 in Monroe (Phase II), and resurfacing and safety improvements to Woodbury - Glassboro Road from CR 639 (Pitman Avenue) to Bethel Mill Road in Pitman.
Freeholder Damminger said that additional Federal Stimulus funding became available when other projects from around the state could not meet the federal requirements.
"We gained over $3 million by being ready to go," said Freeholder Damminger, Liaison to the Department of Public Works. "Our Engineering Department put in a lot of hours to make sure our applications and plans were accurate and met all the criteria for the funding and it paid off in a big way for our county," Damminger said.
With the additional $3 million in ARRA funding the county will resurfacing and improving Grove Road in West Deptford from the railroad crossing to Parkville St. Road, resurfacing and improvement Mt. Royal Road from Route 45 to CR 553A (Main St.) in Mantua, and replacing Winslow Road Bridge over the Great Egg Harbor River in Monroe this year.
Damminger said that in addition to the Federal Stimulus funding, Gloucester County received an additional unanticipated $1,850,000.00 in federal funding to replace Grant Avenue Bridge over Little Ease Run in Franklin Township and to resurface Egg Harbor Road from Salina to CR 603 in Washington Township.
The County was able to receive these funds because the two projects were already designed and waiting for a funding source to become available. According to the Delaware River Valley Planning Commission Gloucester County has received significantly more ARRA and federal funding for infrastructure improvements than Camden, Burlington and Mercer Counties.