Pascrell Announces $12 Billion in New Jersey Transportation Funding Included in INVEST in America Act
Every project advocated for by Pascrell was included in massive INVEST In America Act passed by House
Washington, DC, July 1, 2021
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today voted for the landmark INVEST in America Act, watershed legislation which will make transformational investments in America’s roads, bridges, trains, and water. The House passed the plan by a vote of 221-201.
"This legislation is a monumental down payment on America’s future,” said Rep. Pascrell, a former member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “A great nation invests in itself. For too long, we have let our bridges, roads and public transit systems decay and molder. The pipes carrying clean drinking water are fracturing and our aging sewers needs massive upgrades too. Today the House of Representatives passed a key plank of our plan to commence the rebuilding of America and modernize our infrastructure systems to combat climate change. Massive public transit investment, plus funding to provide clean and safe water are key elements of the plan desperately needed in our community. The future of the United States is our hands.”
In total, New Jersey is expected to receive $7.33 billion for its highway program and $4.576 billion in transit formula investments. Concurrently, Pascrell announced $14,660,432 in transportation member designated for worthy projects across the district. Pascrell was able to secure funding for all ten transportation and infrastructure projects applied for through his office.
Pascrell also issued a statement on the projects he helped secure for New Jersey’s Ninth District, “Today I am overjoyed to announce that every project that applied for funding through our congressional office is expected to receive federal backing. This is tremendous news for our North Jersey communities. In total, over $14.6 million in federal funding has been included in the bill for projects throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. From the Great Falls Gateway in Paterson to the Kingsland Avenue Bridge in Lyndhurst, from the Passaic Bus Terminal to Hudson County Avenue in Secaucus, millions of New Jersey drivers, commuters and pedestrians will see major improvements once we pass this bill into law. These are transformational victories for our communities that will make our neighbors’ lives better.”
A detailed list of 10 projects advocated for by Rep. Pascrell is provided below.
City of Passaic Pedestrian Greenway Project
Project Location: Abandoned NY Greenwood Lake Railroad in Passaic, NJ
Project Sponsor: City of Passaic
Funding is designated to convert a decommissioned and obsolete railroad corridor into a pedestrian greenway that will create transportation alternatives for residents and visitors.
Great Falls Gateway Phase II
Project Location: Intersection of Spruce St and Oliver St in Paterson, NJ
Project Sponsor: County of Passaic
The funding is designated to support new streetscape elements such as new sidewalk, street lighting, bicycle facilities, and other complete streets features that would continue the efforts underway to design and construct the first portion of the Gateway along Spruce Street. This also includes constructing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Spruce St and Oliver St as well as other safety and placemaking measures outlined in the Great Falls Circulation Study, which was funded through a federal grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
County Avenue Reconstruction
Project Location: County Road in Secaucus, NJ
Project Sponsor: Hudson County
The funding is designated to support the reconstruction of County Road (CR 653), a roadway in Secaucus supporting one lane of travel in each direction with a speed limit of 25 MPH. County Avenue currently has a visibly eroding surface, fading traffic lines, alligator cracking, potholes, and antiquated safety traffic signals at its most critical intersections.
Passaic Bus Terminal Canopy
Project Location: Main Ave in Passaic, NJ
Project Sponsor: NJ TRANSIT
The funding is designated for engineering and environmental services in addition to construction associated with the facility’s canopy and related appurtenances.
Pedestrian Bridge at the Great Falls National Historical Park
Project Location: Great Falls National Historical Park
Project Sponsor: City of Paterson
The funding is designated to support a new pedestrian and bike bridge connecting both sides of the Passaic River in the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The Bridge will be owned by the City and managed with assistance from the National Park Service. The land on both sides of the river is currently owned by the City and is within the boundary of the Paterson National Park.
Shaler Boulevard Streetscape Project
Project Location: Shaler Boulevard in Ridgefield, NJ
Project Sponsor: Borough of Ridgefield
The funding is designated to transform the Borough of Ridgefield’s main commercial district, improving it aesthetically and making it a safer and more visible throughway. Shaler Boulevard is the Borough of Ridgefield’s main roadway for motor vehicles and pedestrians alike.
Tenafly Roadway Resurface & Improvements
Project Location: Throughout the Borough of Tenafly
Project Sponsor: Borough of Tenafly
The funding is designated for milling and paving extremely deteriorated roadways throughout the Borough.
Jackson Avenue/Riverside Avenue Improvements Project
Project Location: Jackson Avenue and Riverside Avenue in Rutherford, NJ
Project Sponsor: Bergen County
The funding is designated to replace aged and deteriorated road that is failing and requires replacement with reinforced concrete pipe meeting current standards.
Kingsland Avenue Bridge Replacement Project
Project Location: Kingsland Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ and Park Ave in Nutley, NJ
Project Sponsor: Bergen County
The funding is designated to cover the next phase of engineering and overhauling the Kingsland Ave Bridge over Passaic River, which is in poor overall condition and it is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
River Road Subsurface Soil Stabilization
Project Location: River Road in Edgewater, NJ
Project Sponsor: Bergen County
The funding is designated to support subsurface soil stabilization to resolve the continuous sinking of River Road in Edgewater between Gorge Road and the Hudson County line. This section of River Road is one of the main arteries for north-south traffic between Bergen County and Hudson County.