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Brick Neighborhood in Need of Repaving Will Get Its Wish

A newly-paved road. (Credit: Alan Levine/Flickr/File Photo)

A newly-paved road. (Credit: Alan Levine/Flickr/File Photo)

When Mayor John Ducey hosts his Facebook Live sessions to speak with residents, it sometimes seems the same street names keep coming up in the comments, with residents requesting repaving.

For one such neighborhood, the repaving project will be able to get off the ground soon, thanks to a grant from the state Department of Transportation.

Last week, the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy announced transportation aid figures for towns across the state. Brick, Ducey said, received its largest award ever, which will direct funding to the Cedarwood Park East neighborhood.

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Specifically, Ducey said, the streets that will be milled and paved under the $475,060 grant would be Lynnwood Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Fairfield Avenue, Downey Avenue, Harvey Avenue, Laurel Avenue, East End Avenue and Driver Avenue.

The Cedarwood project was the only project funded in Toms River. In announcing $165 million worth of projects in municipalities statewide, Murphy credited last year’s 23-cent gas tax increase with allowing the state to effectively double its funding from last year.

“The renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund made it possible to more than double the size of the grant program from $78.75 million in 2017 to $161.25 million in 2018,” Murphy said, in a prepared statement. “These funds are instrumental in allowing each municipality to maintain its local roads and bridges in a state of good repair. Providing Municipal Aid grants to nearly 90 percent of our towns and cities is truly historic and demonstrates our commitment to relieve pressure on local property taxpayers.”

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