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Hunterdon County gains $1.8 million in state bridge grants

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County has been notified that over $1.8 million in bridge infrastructure grants has been approved for three Hunterdon County projects, through the state’s Local Bridges Fund, Freeholder Zach Rich reported at this weeks Freeholder Board meeting.

“In the midst of all the negative reports we are seeing in the media about the economy, I have a positive report on state grants the County’s Engineering team has secured for future bridge construction projects in the county. These are construction projects that we know will have an affirmative effect on the economy,” Rich, the Board’s liaison for the Department of Engineering and Public Works, said.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has approved grant applications for $850,000 for the replacement of Bridge ED-262, located on Dunkard Church Road, along the East Amwell and Delaware Township border, $450,000 for the rehabilitation of Bridge D-304A, the Historic Covered Bridge, on RosemontRingoes Rd. in Delaware Township, and $566,000 for the replacement of bridge E-243 on Van Lies Road over Back Brook, in East Amwell, Rich said.

“The bridge projects themselves protect the safety of county residents and all those using our roadways, while the grant funding helps to ultimately reduce the County capital improvement cost share of these
projects, benefiting county taxpayers,” Rich said.

“These types of infrastructure projects are a key to economic recovery. When these projects are initiated there is an economic multiplier effect. Construction workers will be put to work, companies that provide bridge construction will benefit, as will the local economy from the workers spending in the area and
construction material purchases,” Rich said.

“The County Engineering Department has been very successful over the years in gaining local bridges grant funding for Hunterdon County projects, as they have been again now with these grant approvals. They deserve congratulations for bringing home the bacon again,” Rich said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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