Draft Fiscal Year 2002 Capital
Program Submitted to Legislature
In keeping with New Jersey's ever-growing transportation needs, Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein today submitted to the State Legislature the largest transportation capital program in state history -- $2.66 billion dollars, an increase of approximately $220 million from the current capital program.
"New Jersey's quality of life hinges on its transportation system. The Fiscal Year 2002 Capital Program we are proposing today not only meets our growing demands and makes good use of all federal dollars available to us; it addresses the needs of our residents who depend on a reliable transportation network everyday." Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco said. "From bridge upgrades and public transit, to highway needs and safety improvements, this program represents a continued comprehensive investment in our infrastructure."
"Under Acting Governor DiFrancesco's leadership, transportation in New Jersey will remain on the move," Commissioner Weinstein said. "The foundation laid by this capital program ensures that we have the transportation system we need now and in the future."
AThis capital program means a total of $2.66 billion in state and federal funding for highways, bridges, rail and bus improvements, local transportation needs, airports, goods movement, bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancements, and transportation and economic development projects,@ the Commissioner said.
The total Transportation Trust Fund project listing in the proposed plan is $1 billion. The program includes $145 million in proposed appropriations from the Statewide Transportation and Local Bridge Bond Act of 1999; $100 million for local bridges and $45 million for state projects.
Federal funds are assumed at a total level of $1.289 billion, including $857 million from the Federal Highway Administration, $425 million from the Federal Transit Administration, and $7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Among the projects receiving continued funding in this program are:
--A new interchange at the intersection of Route 1 and 130 in North Brunswick ($57 million).
--The Route 18 Extension on new alignment in Piscataway ($55 million).
--Rehabilitation of the Route 9 Edison Bridge in Woodbridge ($46.68 million).
--Rehabilitation of I-295 in Burlington County ($46.13 million).
--Improvements to Route 21 in Newark ($45 million).
--Route 31 intersection improvements in Hunterdon County ($32 million).
--Route 17 drainage improvement in Bergen County ($28 million).
--Route 27 bridge replacement over Amtrak in Middlesex ($18.8).
--Route 49 bridge replacement over the Salem River in Salem County ($18.5 million).