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New Jersey Begins Accepting Local Freight Impact Fund Applications for FY20 Grants

Thu August 29, 2019 - Northeast Edition #18

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announces the grant solicitation period for FY20 Local Freight Impact Fund program is open with applications being accepted through Oct. 16, 2019.

"Efficiently moving goods to and from New Jersey's seaports, airports, and rail yards is an essential part of our state and regional economy," said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJDOT commissioner. "Much of that commercial truck traffic travels over local roads and bridges. The Local Freight Impact Fund invests money raised from the gas tax by providing municipalities and counties grants to make necessary improvements to truck routes to keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair."

The Local Freight Impact Fund (LFIF) is a competitive $30.1 million program, which was created as part of Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) reauthorization in October 2016. The program helps New Jersey's municipalities and counties fund projects that emphasize and enhance the safe movement of large truck traffic, renew aging structures that carry large truck traffic, promote economic development, and support new transportation opportunities.

Under the program, projects that fall into four categories are eligible for funding:

• Pavement Preservation — to improve pavement conditions in support of freight travel on municipal/county transportation infrastructure.

• Truck Safety and Mobility — to improve large truck access, routing and mobility along the municipal/county roadway system.

• Bridge Preservation — to improve bridge ratings/conditions in support of freight travel on municipal/county transportation infrastructure.

• New Construction — to promote new construction in support of freight travel on municipal/county transportation infrastructure.

The grants are administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development. NJDOT staff evaluate projects using a variety of criteria including: existing conditions, overall traffic volume, percentage of large truck traffic, crash frequency, connectivity to freight nodes, among others.

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