NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) $2,703,363.02 in federal funding for the repair to six disposal facilities damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. 

“The work to repair damage to our infrastructure is still not done but this grant moves us another step forward,” said Sen. Menendez who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. “Sandy’s powerful storm surge overwhelmed so many of our communities and the resulting damage was massive. As we continue the monumental task of rebuilding, I will continue to fight for the necessary federal resources like these to help make sure New Jersey comes back better and stronger than before the storm.”

“This announcement represents another advance in our effort to repair and strengthen New Jersey’s infrastructure,” Sen. Booker said. “So many communities in New Jersey are still coping with damage from Superstorm Sandy, and that’s why it’s important to keep fighting for the resources that will help deliver full recovery. Today brings us closer to our goal of a stronger, more resilient New Jersey.”

NJDOT has constructed, used and maintained 22 earthen dike basins adjacent to the channel system throughout the State over many decades to provide a cost-effective and environmentally acceptable method of managing dredged material from the navigation channels.  This funding will be used to project addresses the damages to six of the earthen dike basins including:  Ludlam Thorofare; Broad Thorofare; Parker Island; Long Branch Reach; High Bar Harbor; and Story Island.