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Cryan & Quijano Laud Almost $300,000 in DOT Safe Corridor Grants for Union County Municipalities

The grants help promote safety along highways with history of high crash rates

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan and Annette Quijano (both D-Union) today praised the award of almost $300,000 in safe corridor grants from the state Department of Transportation to help make heavily-traveled roadways in Elizabeth, Union and Hillside safer.

“Driving on congested roadways and battling traffic is a daily experience for many New Jersey drivers, especially in this area,” said Cryan. “These grants will help these municipalities make these roads safer for drivers, without putting a strain on taxpayers who are financially stretched as it is.”

“Budgetary constraints have forced our municipalities to do more with less. Road safety however should never be compromised,” said Quijano. “These roads are heavily traveled. These grants will help fund projects that will make these roads safer without further burdening local taxpayers.”

The Safe Corridor grant program dates to 2003 and targets resources to 14 ten-mile segments of several highways that have a history of high crash rates. The grants awarded to Union County are as follows: a $54,297 grant to Hillside Township for the Route 22 corridor, a $59,151 grant to Elizabeth for the Route 1 corridor, and an $185,339 grant to Union Township for the Route 22 corridor.