WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Thursday announced that seven key transportation and transit priorities for New Jersey’s Fifth District were included in the bipartisan H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, which recently passed the House of Representatives — moving these projects closer to becoming a reality.
Gottheimer submitted these seven Member Designated Projects for consideration to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure earlier this Congress. State Departments of Transportation (DOT), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), transit agencies, or local governments were eligible to submit these requests to their Member of Congress.
“I’m proud to be working closely with North Jersey’s local counties, towns, and municipalities to request federal resources to help move these critical projects forward. With the House passing this bipartisan legislation, we’re one step closer in clawing back even more federal dollars to the Fifth District,” Gottheimer said. “If signed into law, this federal investment will improve our local infrastructure and transportation, and lower the property tax burden on our residents.”
“Patriot’s Way Bridge is an essential piece of infrastructure which spans across the interstate waterway of Ramapo River, serving as the primary entrance and exit to over 400 homes in the area of the Borough of Oakland known as Ramapo River Reserve. It is critically important that the bridge superstructure be replaced to ensure the safety of our residents. We thank Congressman Josh Gottheimer for his support,” said Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager.
“Zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Frankford’s roads is only achieved through collaborative efforts. We are very grateful to Congressman Gottheimer for his efforts in submitting an application to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the Sussex County Guide Rails. This project will provide new guide rails from CR565 Pelletown Road to CR-628/CR-639, which will no doubt aid in us reaching our goal and in protecting all travelers through our scenic Township,” said Frankford Mayor Nick Civitan.
“Anytime that our town can get funding to help in relieving the heavy congestion that we have at some of our intersections would be gratefully received. People in our community are always concerned about the safety aspect of these intersections and I believe this funding will help with greatly improving the safety aspect of these intersections,” said Hackettstown Mayor Jerry DiMaio.
The seven key projects championed by Gottheimer included in H.R. 3684:
- Project Sponsor: New Jersey Department of Transportation
Project Name: Hackettstown Mobility Improvement Project
This project will help relieve congestion at four intersections located on a congested commuter corridor in Warren and Morris Counties. Substandard ADA features at each intersection will also be upgraded. US 46 and East Avenue (Washington Township, Morris County) ‐ Curb radius will be widened on the Southeast quadrant of the intersection.
Hackettstown: Revised signal phasing will provide a right turn overlap phase for the Northbound East Ave. approach right turn movement onto US 46. US 46 and NJ 182 (Mountain Ave.)/Willow Grove St./Warren St. ‐ Traffic signals will be retimed. US 46 and High Street/Grand Ave. ‐ Realign the High St. Southbound approach to improve traffic flow. NJ 57 and NJ 182 ‐ Will be reconfigured to allow a left turn lane and a shared left/through/right turn lane on the Eastbound NJ 57 approach to the intersection.
Investment Included: $4.7 million
- Project Sponsor: New Jersey Transit
Project Name: Lackawanna Cut-off Culvert Replacement
Location: Andover Township, NJ
Investment Included: $1.6 million
- Project Sponsor: Borough of Oakland, New Jersey
Project Name: Patriots Way Bridge Superstructure Replacement
Location: Patriots Way, Oakland, NJ, 07436
Investment Included: $4.18 million
- Project Sponsor: County of Passaic, New Jersey
Project Name: Skyline Drive Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge
Location: Skyline Drive and Erskine Road, Ringwood, NJ, 07456
Investment Included: $800,000
- Project Sponsor: Sussex County, New Jersey
Project Name: Sussex County Guide Rail Upgrade Program
Location: County Road 565: From Pelletown Road to County Road 639, Frankford and Wantage Townships, NJ, 07822 and 07461
Investment Included: $1 million
- Project Sponsor: Township of Teaneck, New Jersey
Project Name: Teaneck Pedestrian Overpass Project
Location: Windsor Road and Forest Avenue, (western side of proposed bridge), Palisade Avenue and Milton Votee Park (eastern side of proposed bridge), Teaneck NJ, 07666
Investment Included: $4 million
- Project Sponsor: Township of West Milford
Project Name: West Milford Bikeway Connector Project
Location: Westbrook Road — between Ridge Road and the Westbrook Park Teen Center, West Milford, NJ, 07480
Investment Included: $536,000
More information on member designated projects can be found here.