The City of Summit is announcing that the Morris Avenue Bridge replacement project has been identified on a list of projects scheduled to be frozen under Executive Order No. 210 issued by Governor Chris Christie on June 30, 2016.
“In the absence of a state legislative solution to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund, various funding sources for the Morris Avenue Bridge project and two other smaller projects in Summit will be frozen as of July 8,” explains Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “NJ Transit will have a seven day period to review and provide recommendations for the best use of remaining Transportation Trust Fund monies. I have been and will remain in close contact with local legislators and continue to urge NJ Transit to recommend funding be preserved for this vital infrastructure work.”
On Wednesday, July 6, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and NJ TRANSIT (NJT) compiled and identified a list of projects funded through the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) that are subject to an orderly shutdown in the wake of the state Senate failure to act on the Assembly Transportation Trust Fund package that would have provided every New Jersey family two broad-based tax cuts that exceeded a dedicated gas tax increase proposed in the legislation.
Construction road work on Ashwood and DeForest Avenues is scheduled to be shut down as well.
The plan exempts projects deemed essential for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of all citizens and will not impact projects funded through federal sources. A list of projects that are funded through the Transportation Trust Fund and are subject to an orderly shutdown can be found at: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552016/pdf/20160706a/NJTransitState-Funded%20Projects.pdf