WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced more than $68.27 million in federal Sandy recovery aid to repair damaged federal-aid highways, bridges and roads throughout New Jersey. The funding, provided by the Department of Transportation’s Highway Emergency Relief (ER) program, which is administered through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will help repair and reconstruct federal-aid highways, bridges, and roads that have suffered serious damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“Superstorm Sandy’s vicious storm surge overwhelmed our state and the resulting damage to our transportation system is unlike anything we have previously seen. The arteries of our transportation system were abruptly shut down, hurting industries, our economy and all those New Jerseyans who depend on them,” said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation’s efforts to secure federal Sandy relief. “As New Jersey continues our long-term recovery process, this federal funding will help us make the necessary improvements so the next disaster does not cripple our transportation system. I remain committed to continuing the fight for federal resources we need to come back better and stronger than we were before the storm.”
The funding from the FHWA’s ER program will be distributed to the state to continue repair work to New Jersey's roads and bridges, and supplements a total of more than $224 million already provided to New Jersey through this program. Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage to the state's infrastructure, including road washouts, sign and signal damage, and debris. The funds will be used to repair and rebuild our critical infrastructure.
This funding was provided through the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill, with over $60 billion for repairs, rebuilding, and resiliency projects in the wake of the storm. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and clean water infrastructure.