Menendez, Booker Announce $2.4M to Remove Sandy-Damaged Port Authority Bridges

Menendez, Booker Announce $2.4M to Remove Sandy-Damaged Port Authority Bridges

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $2,484,207.77 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to remove and dispose four lift bridges and associated appendages that were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

“Superstorm Sandy devastated communities across the state and destroyed much of the region’s vital infrastructure,” said Sen. Menendez. “Although we’ve made great progress these past five years, there is still work to be done in order to make our structures, roads and bridges stronger and better prepared to withstand the next storm. This federal funding will help repair and fortify our transportation network and move New Jersey closer to full recovery from the worst natural disaster to hit our state.”

“Although more than five years have passed since Superstorm Sandy’s landfall, we will never forget the pain and devastation this historic storm inflicted upon our communities and families,” said Senator Booker.  “While we have made significant progress in those five years, the cleanup and rebuilding process continues.  I stand committed to fighting for federal investment in the strength and resiliency of New Jersey communities to help mitigate against future disasters.”

In 2013, President Obama signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.