U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that New Jersey will receive $75.9 million in federal funding to repair and reconstruct more than 12 miles of State Route 35 in Ocean County that was seriously damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The funding totals $75,935,520 and is provided by the Department of Transportation's Emergency Relief (ER) program, which is administered through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
"Superstorm Sandy badly damaged highways and roads throughout New Jersey, and this federal funding will help us take a critical next step towards rebuilding Route 35 so that it is stronger than ever," said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and co-author of the Sandy relief legislation. "When Sandy hit, many of New Jersey's roads and railways were shut down, and we were reminded how important transportation infrastructure is to our families and economy. Making these repairs to Route 35 will go a long way towards ensuring the long-term strength of a major artery that Ocean County families and businesses rely on. We'll continue working hard to make sure New Jersey gets its fair share of federal aid."
"This funding will help New Jersey take a significant step forward in restoring our $38 billion Jersey Shore economy, which not only benefits our state but the entire nation," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "Restoring our roadways is a vital part of New Jersey long-term recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and that's why I fought hard for this federal relief, and I am committed to continuing the fight for federal resources we need to come back better and stronger than we were before the storm."
FHWA's ER program funding is distributed to the State to continue repair work on New Jersey's roads, highways, and bridges. Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage to the State's infrastructure, including road washouts, sign and signal damage, and debris. The funds will be used to restore services and ensure the quick completion of roadway repairs.
In January, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and clean water infrastructure.