BERKELEY – Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., announced that Berkeley Township has been awarded a $365,000 New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program grant to fund roadway improvements in the municipality.
“I am pleased to have received notification from Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti of the Department of Transportation notifying us of the grant award. I want to thank the department for looking favorable upon our application and our Township Engineer Alan Dittenhofer for submitting our application.” Mayor Amato said.
Berkeley submitted an application for the final improvement of Jamaica Boulevard, a major thoroughfare in the Township. Because of the length of Jamaica Boulevard, we chose to improve this thoroughfare over 3 years.
Councilman at Large John Bacchione, who serves as the Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee said, “Grant funding, such as the Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program, is critical to assisting the Township in maintaining our roadways.”
“As I have said numerous times, Berkeley Township is 42 square miles and has 271 miles of roadways including 300 Courts, cul-de-sacs and dead ends. We rely on alternative funding such as grants to assist the township in funding these capital projects.” Mayor Amato said.
This total estimated cost of the work is $458,000. The balance of the funding will come from the townships 2019 Capital budget.