CARTERET – The borough has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation for its project to extend Carteret Avenue at Roosevelt Avenue.
The roadway extension will connect Carteret Avenue through the Peter J. Sica Industrial Highway to Carteret Waterfront Park at an estimated cost of $1,095,978.75, according to a release from the borough.
“Improving Carteret’s roadways is a priority of my administration and we work tirelessly to secure funding for infrastructure projects,” said Mayor Daniel J. Reiman, who made the announcement Thursday, along with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.
“I want to thank Gov. Murphy, Speaker Coughlin, and NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti for awarding Carteret this grant and past grants as we continue to build a better Carteret,” Reiman said.
The improvements to Carteret Avenue will include the widening and extension of the roadway’s alignment from an existing T-intersection with Roosevelt Avenue and extending the roadway approximately 700 feet to create a new four-way signalized intersection with Peter J. Sica Industrial Highway. The proposed intersection at the eastern limits of the work on the opposite side of Industrial Highway would also be widened to accommodate traffic. Additional inlets and drainage pipes will be installed to adequately drain the roadway.
“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country which means our roadways are constantly the subject of extreme wear and tear, particularly when industrial traffic is a constant,” Coughlin said. “Grants like the one awarded to Carteret by the New Jersey DOT help ensure that roads in Carteret are safe, well maintained and able to adequately support both car and truck traffic.”
The grant is in addition to a $4 million NJDOT grant the borough received last fiscal year for improvements to Peter J. Sica Industrial Highway and a $592,000 NJDOT grant the borough received for streetscape improvements in the upcoming Carteret arts district.
“In Middlesex County, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and our municipalities, like Carteret, are committed to keeping our infrastructure strong,” Rios said. “This grant will make needed improvements to Carteret’s roadways, ensuring their residents and visitors can travel safely through the borough.”
For additional information about the NJ DOT’s 2020 Municipal Aid awards, visit www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid.