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Borough receives 2020 Municipal Aid Grant

State DoT awards Berlin Borough $245,000 for 2020 projects

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced $161.25 million in funds to state municipalities for the 2020 fiscal year through the state Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Grant program.

Berlin Borough will receive $245,000 for its 2020 Roadways Improvement Program.

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According to Councilman Andrew Simone, roadways within Berlin Borough included in the improvement program include — but are not limited to — parts of Rondon Avenue, Pineview Avenue, East Broad Street, Delaware Avenue, Birerhill Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.

“After completing the 2019 Roadways Improvement Program, we may modify the scope to include other streets that may have become dilapidated since Environmental Resolutions Inc. (ERI) performed an inventory of roadway conditions,” Simone said in a written statement to The Sun.

The Sun previously reported that the borough had ERI perform an evaluation of the entire network of locally owned roads within Berlin Borough earlier in 2019, an assessment that details each road’s physical description and repair proposal.

The report, submitted to Berlin Borough Council, also details the estimated cost of repairing each road, factoring in condition, road type and amount of traffic the specific road bears  throughout the year.

The 2020 Roadways Improvement Program will encompass the second year of the borough’s five-year program, according to Simone. During that time, council will plan roadway projects with an estimated $500,000 cost per year, Simone said, in the expectation that Municipal Aid Grants will contribute approximately $300,000. The borough will plan to spend approximately $200,000 per year.

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