Port Newark gets $44M in federal funds for roadway improvements

Posted Jul 26, 2021

The federal government is spending $44 million to improve the northern road network connecting Port Newark and the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal.

Funding for what is known as the Port Street Corridor Improvement Project was announced in Newark by U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The money will go for improvements to Port Street, the main access point from the north, and to the Corbin Street ramp, which connects to Port Street.

Proponents said the improvements would reduce travel time for cars and trucks going to the port complex by 700,000 hours.

“This project is going to alleviate traffic, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality for surrounding communities, and help us move more goods in and out of the port complex more efficiently.,” Menendez said. “This project is good for the port, good for the planet, and good for the people. It doesn’t get better than that.”

They said the project was expected to create 260 new direct jobs, $25 million in direct wages and $171 million in regional economic activity.

“This important national investment in our roadway infrastructure has a broad impact far beyond the port, as millions of consumers and thousands of livelihoods depend on the safety and efficiency of its operations,” said Kevin O’Toole, chair of the Port Authority.

“Shoring up the roads that lead to and from Port Newark ensures that critical supplies, goods and commerce can keep moving throughout the region.”

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published this page in News and Politics 2021-07-27 02:14:40 -0700