Middletown is one of 36 municipalities in Monmouth County that will receive a local aid grant from the state government, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced.
Middletown will receive $200,000 for the second phase of improvements to Murphy Road, a residentially-lined road thoroughfare where Harmony Elementary and Thorne Middle School are located.
In surrounding towns, Atlantic Highlands Borough will get $175,000 for resurfacing of West Avenue, Hazlet will get $250,000 for Laurel Avenue improvements, Keansburg gets $185,000 for drainage improvements to Raritan Avenue, Oak St and East Shore St; Rumson Borough will receive $160,000 to spend on the Avenue of Two Rivers.
Local aid grants are allocated to reduce the impact on taxpayers of municipal projects that repair infastructure, advance safety or improve quality of life, the NJDOT said.
The grants are part of a package of 406 local aid grants worth $86.5 million announced for municipalities across the state, according to the NJDOT. The bulk of the grants will be awarded under the municipal aid program, with 377 grants totaling $76.2 million.
Another 29 Transportation Enhancement grants for quality-of-life, bicycle and pedestrian safety projects totaling $10.3 million were also announced, but Middletown was not a recipient. The only Monmouth County town to receive a grant was Neptune, which will get $580,000 for Pedestrian/Bicycle Lane in Shark River Hills.
“These grants enable municipalities to stretch their resources and advance important roadway projects and other safety and quality-of-life improvements that benefit all who share the road, including pedestrians and bicyclists,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson in the release.
A total of 660 applications were submitted for this round of state-funded local aid.
Under the aid grant program, each county is apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles. Municipalities compete for portions of their county’s share. NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.