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Beach Bill to Include Boardwalks in Local Transportation and Infrastructure Aid Programs Advances

TRENTON – The Senate Transportation Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator James Beach that would include boardwalks into the calculation of the state local transportation aid program formula and the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund.

“Boardwalks represent the social, recreational and economic hubs of our shore communities,” said Senator Beach (D-Camden/Burlington). “By expanding the scope of local transportation and infrastructure aid available to these towns, we will provide additional resources available to maintain and improve the boardwalks that New Jerseyans have enjoyed for generations.”

The bill, S-1224, would amend current law to provide that each mile of boardwalk is treated to each mile of road for the purposes of the calculation of municipal and county transportation aid distributed by the state. With this provision, counties and municipalities would receive the same amount of local aid funding for each mile of boardwalk that they are responsible for maintaining as they currently receive for each mile of road.

The bill would also require the Commissioner of Transportation to provide no less than $4 million per year in grants from the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund to boardwalk projects until fiscal year 2031. For Fiscal Year 2024, $430 million in state funds are allocated for the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund.

The legislation was advanced in a 4-2 vote.