Local Bridges, Future Needs
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Local Bridges, Future Needs program provides funds for
the improvement of county jurisdiction bridges. As part of its Statewide Capital Investment Strategy, the
NJDOT is focusing on preventive maintenance, rehabilitation and selective replacement of bridges. This
program was initiated in recognition of funding needs that goes beyond what is currently available at the
The NJDOT has allotted $25 million per year in its Transportation Capital Program for this program. It is
funded through the Transportation Trust Fund and was implemented in FY 2009. It provides 100% state
NJDOT announces annually the availability of grant funds to counties. The county must prepare a standard
Local Aid Application through System for Administering Grants Electronically
(SAGE), outlining the intended use of the funds.
The Program is managed by both the Division of Local Aid and the Bureau of Structural Engineering. It is
recommended that applicants consult with the Manager of Bureau of Structural Engineering to determine
project eligibility for funding.
All applications are reviewed, evaluated and prioritized by the Bureau of Structural Engineering and a
recommendation for final approval is made by the Commissioner of Transportation. The Division of Local Aid
administers the projects once they are selected.
Additional detailed information can be found in the
Local Bridges, Future Needs Program Description and Procedures (pdf 46k).
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