Mayor Fulop Announces $9.5 Million Street Resurfacing Plan for 2016, One of the Largest in the City’s History

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JERSEY CITY -- Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced April 14 a $9.5 million street resurfacing plan for 2016, which will include the paving of nearly 16 miles of city roadways as the administration continues to invest in infrastructure improvements citywide. 

“This is one of the largest investments ever made on street resurfacing in our city’s history as we work to improve the quality of life for residents citywide,” said Mayor Fulop.  “Having safe roads is fundamental for strong neighborhoods, and helps improve everything from the business climate to attracting additional investment and development.” 

The plan calls for the paving of approximately 71 streets - main thoroughfares and side streets – across all wards of the city. Once the 2016 paving is complete, the administration will have paved nearly 40 miles of city streets and invested $26 million in roads improvements since 2013, which includes street resurfacing and other improvements such as pedestrian safety, ADA compliance at crosswalks, and school crossing safety features.  The investment is a combination of capital funds and grants. 

“I personally drove and walked the streets of Ward A to survey the conditions and develop a list that reflects the greatest needs of the community,” said Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski.  “We worked closely with community and the administration on this plan and will continue to work to implement even more roads improvements throughout the city.” 

The 2016 Capital Road Program will be separated into four separate contracts, with the first contracts expected to be awarded over the next few weeks and work slated to begin in June and continue through the summer and fall. By staggering the start times for each of the contracts, roadway construction occurring in four separate parts of the City simultaneously so that improvements are made across all neighborhoods. 

“This is a huge investment in our city and our neighborhoods as we know that having safe, smooth streets is one of the biggest quality of life issues for cities across the northeast,” said Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr.  “Our residents deserve safe, top of the line infrastructure and reliable roads is one of the most essential services we can provide.” 

Additionally, due to aggressive and diligent accountability measures by ordinance and through enforcement, in 2016 PSE&G will repave approximately 5.53 miles and the JCMUA plans on repaving approximately 5.47 miles.  - Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary to Mayor Steven M. Fulop.