Washington - United States Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded nearly $500,000 in funding for the preservation of historic byways in New Jersey.

"Our historic roads and byways are an important part of our cultural heritage," said Lautenberg. "This new funding will help ensure that New Jersey's scenic roadways will be preserved for future generations."

"These funds will help preserve the beauty and heritage that the scenic byways of our Garden State have to offer," said Menendez. "I believe that all of our outdoor spaces should be adequately protected for years to come."

The funds will support New Jersey's Scenic Byways Program, which acts to preserve and maintain roadways showcasing the state's heritage, recreational opportunities and natural beauty. Work is expected to begin on the programs early next year.

These FHWA grants total $491,720, and will provide direct funding for the following projects:

$270,400 for the rehabilitation of a canal bridge tender's house for visitor center exhibits and maps of the Millstone Valley Byway in Somerset County;

$115,880 for a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) to help maintain and enhance the Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway in Western Monmouth County; and

$105,440 for a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) to help maintain and enhance the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Bergen County.