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No Road Fix Grants for Washington Twp. in $81M State Aid Package

$200K grant applied for but denied by New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Despite more than $81 million in local aid grants statewide to help improve road and sidewalk infrastructure, Washington Township’s application for aid was denied.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced this week that 391 local aid grants were awarded to “help municipalities advance a variety of transportation projects without burdening local property taxpayers,” according to a statement released by the DOT.

Washington Township applied for a $200,000 grant to help with road resurfacing improvements along East Valley Brook Road, according to administrator Andrew Coppola, but was not awarded the grant.

Some 30 Morris County towns did receive grants under the package, however, amounting to $5,049,145, the DOT said.

Nearby, Chester Borough and Chester Township received a combined $280,000 in grants, while Mendham Borough and Mendham Township received a combined $440,000.

Earlier this year, while completing the budget process, the Washington Township Committee set aside $720,000 for road improvements in 2014. That money will go toward a complete reconstruction of a portion of Naughright Road, portions of Black River Road and Hacklebarney Road.

Another seven miles of roadway in the township will receive the oil and chip treatment with the budget money.

Did Washington Township get overlooked by the state? Should the town have received the $200,000 for the East Valley Brook Road project? 

Tracy Tobin May 11, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Sorry to rain on Guy's parade, but Washington Township has received $1,775,000 in State Road Improvement Grants in the period 2004 through 2013. NOT BAD considering we are in competition with well over 300+ communities in New Jersey for Road Grants. No doubt Guy will now say that we would have done much better if he had written the grant requests. By the way Guy, exactly when did you read the 2014 Grant application that you feel was so poorly written?
Guy Patterson May 12, 2014 at 07:44 AM
What you received between 2004 and 2013 isn't helping my car's suspension deal with the aftermath of last winter is it? No matter how well written this year's grant application was, it clearly wasn't written well enough, nor was there an effective lobbying strategy to complement it, because we received zero ($0) dollars! In other words, an epic Fail by the Mayor and the Township Committee!!! Make sure the local GOP puts this in it's mailer around election time.
Chuck Ruff May 12, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Money received in past years doesn’t make up for the big goose egg we received this year. Secondly, $1.7 mill over a ten year period really isn’t something to brag about. The Mendhams received a quarter of that in just this year alone.

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