Manchester & Lakehurst Receive State Grants For Improvements

Manchester Town Hall (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – Manchester Township and the Borough of Lakehurst have each received grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to improve local roadways and bridges. Manchester will receive $319,163 for improvements to Schoolhouse Road and Lakehurst will receive $187,692 for improvements to Willow Street.

Manchester Township is one of 537 towns being awarded a total of $161.25 million for improvements through the state’s Municipal Aid “Commitment to Communities” program. The program provides grants for roadway preservation, roadway safety, quality of life, mobility, bikeway, pedestrian safety, and bridge preservation projects.

“Supporting New Jersey’s communities through funding for infrastructure maintenance and renewal is a core component of good government, and stands at the top of this administration’s priorities,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I’m proud to stand with our State’s municipalities to help them deliver projects to their residents that improve their mobility and their quality of life.”

While only 537 towns are receiving grants through the program, the state received 681 applications from 544 different municipalities requesting a total of $377 million.

The “Commitment to Communities” program grants each county a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles. Out of this share, local towns compete for funds from their county’s share.

“Working directly with municipalities to update the main lines of transportation that run through our towns and cities will have a positive daily impact on people,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, who also serves as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “Residents want to see their Transportation Trust Fund dollars at work in their communities and this grant program will help to make infrastructure improvements become a reality statewide.”