Menendez, Booker Announce Over $52M to Repair Roads Damaged by Sandy

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $52M to Repair Roads Damaged by Sandy

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration has awarded a combined $52,056,279 in federal grants to repair roads in New Jersey that sustained damage by Superstorm Sandy.

“As one of the most heavily traveled states in the nation, the proper upkeep of roads in New Jersey is vital," said Sen. Menendez. “Our state’s economy depends on a safe and reliable transportation network and Superstorm Sandy battered many of our highways and roadways. I am relieved this money is still coming in and I will continue to fight for additional federal funding to ensure the Garden State recovers from Sandy, stronger and better than before the storm.”

“By investing in New Jersey’s highways and roads damaged by Superstorm Sandy, these federal funds will allow our state to continue its path to full recovery while keeping our economy moving,” said Sen. Booker. “While this marks another important step in the rebuilding process, it’s imperative we remain committed to securing the federal resources needed to make long term investments and improve the resiliency of our state’s infrastructure.”

Grant details:

• $52,000,000 from the Emergency Relief (ER) program within the USDOT

For the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result Superstorm Sandy. Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.

• $56,279 from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program within the USDOT

For the unusually heavy expenses to agencies that manage road systems for the repair and reconstruction of Federal roads to pre-Superstorm Sandy conditions. The ERFO Program is intended to supplement the commitment of resources by Federal agencies to help pay unusually heavy expenses resulting from extraordinary conditions.