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House Passes $284 Billion Transportation Bill

Location: Washington, DC

House Passes $284 Billion Transportation Bill

Bill Contains $65 Million for South Jersey Roads &Projects, "John's Law"

Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2) announced today that the House approved a $284 billion comprehensive transportation bill for the nation by a vote of 417 to 9. The bill contains $65 million for roads and projects in southern New Jersey, including funds for improvements to the Garden State Parkway, and Rep. LoBiondo's "John's Law" provision to help prevent drinking and driving.

"Today these important transportation funds for southern New Jersey are one step closer," said Rep. LoBiondo. "I am incredibly pleased that the highway needs of southern New Jersey are so well represented in this bill. This is great news for the Second District."

Rep. LoBiondo has led the fight for New Jersey to receive direct federal assistance to ensure the elimination of traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May County. In 1997, Congressman LoBiondo secured $5.1 million for the elimination of the lights.

The "John's Law" provision will encourage all states to enact legislation already in place in New Jersey to require law enforcement officers to impound motor vehicles of those charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). The measure would make states that adopt DWI vehicle impoundment programs eligible to receive federal funds.

The measure also contains direct federal funding for roads and projects in southern New Jersey, including: $2 million for the reconstruction of Sea Isle Boulevard, $2 million for the Middle Thoroughfare bridge replacement, $4 million for the replacement of the Tuckahoe River bridge, $5 million for intersection improvements for Pomona Road and Route 50 in Galloway, $1 million for Airport Circle elimination in Pomona, $3 million for reconstruction of Route 40 in Elmer, $2 million to replace the Maurice River Bridge on Route 56, $3 million for the Cohansey River Bridge replacement in Bridgeton, $1.75 million for Sherman Avenue improvements in Vineland, $500,000 to replace the Coles Mill Road Bridge in Franklin Township, and $750,000 to resurface roads and improve access to the Cape May and Supawna Meadows Wildlife Refuges.

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