Pallone Announces Over $80 Million Dollars in Federal Grants to Repair New Jersey Roads Damaged by Flooding
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that two separate grants have been awarded to New Jersey for the repair and reconstruction of local highways and roads damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year. A grant of $64,695,620.00 was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for road repairs and an additional grant for $24,490,436.00 was awarded to deal specifically with flooding damage.
“This money will go a long way toward repairing our local highways and roads that were severely damaged by flooding in the storms last year,” said Pallone. “These resources will help rebuild our damaged communities and ensure that millions of residents in Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union Counties will be able to travel on safer and improved roads.”
In the days following Hurricane Irene, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include Monmouth, Middlesex and Union Counties in the major disaster declaration, activating important disaster assistance to those damaged counties. The president issued a major disaster declaration on August 31, 2011, allowing local residents to apply for federal aid from FEMA to assist with rebuilding efforts.