FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

UNION COUNTY WINS $1 MILLION GRANT FOR BRIDGE WORK
Monroe Street Bridge tapped for replacement

 

Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that a state transportation grant of $1 million has been awarded to the County. The funds are assigned to help pay for the replacement of the Monroe Street Bridge over the Rahway River in Rahway.

“Union County is a transportation hub with statewide and national significance. We take this role very seriously,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “As we work to keep our infrastructure functioning reliably into the future, these state funds will help defray the expense for local taxpayers.”

Union County is responsible for 470 bridges and culverts, and 172 miles of roadway. The Monroe Street Bridge is among the older bridges in the county. It was built in 1919.

The bridge has reached the end of its useful life and will be replaced with a modern structure. The project is a complex one that will also involve utility work. The design phase is under way and bidding on the construction phase is expected in spring 2009.

The $1 million grant comes from the Local Bridge grant program, administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.