Feds give NJ $88M for transportation projects

The federal government announced Tuesday it will be giving the Garden State $88 million over the next two years for transportation projects.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says the federal funding will be used for projects along ?The Liberty Corridor,? near Port Newark.

? ? it goes from Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex and into Monmouth County,? Menendez says.

The money will help fund road and rail projects. It will also improve the harbor and terminals at Port Elizabeth and Port Newark. The goal is to ease traffic and congestion along the corridor.

The federal funds are only paying for phase one of the 10 road projects announced by lawmakers Tuesday. The total cost of all of the projects is currently projected to be $950 million.

AP wire reports contribute to this story.

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