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$600M for NJ Transportation

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In New Jersey, state officials have settled who will decide which road and bridge repairs will get funded with the state's share of the federal stimulus money. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey will get $650 million from Washington for highway and bridge repairs. $500 million will be under the control of the state's Department of Transportation. New Jersey has just 120 days to send in specific contractor commitments to Washington on how it will spend half of the DOT's allotment.

The remaining $150 million of federal stimulus goes to various metropolitan planning organizations, they divide the state into three regional district panels made up of municipal and county officials.

Locals can also apply directly to a federal $1.5 billion discretionary funding program for projects that cost at least $20 million. For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.

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