Municipal Aid

  Accepting applications

The Municipal Aid program is a competitive program intended to provide municipalities with transportation-based grants to supplement their transportation programs. Annually, the Municipal Aid Program is funded at the level of $140 million from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

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Municipal Aid Program Milestones


April - July

Resolution Due

No later than July 31

Grant Announcement

No later than November 30

Project Award

24 months after Grant Announcement

Who is Eligible

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  • New Jersey Municipalities who submit an application for funding by July 1st each year

Program Benefits

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    To support the State's goal of constructing 1,000 new miles of dedicated bike paths, facilities that are physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by an open space or barrier, either within the highway right of way or within an independent right of way.

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    Encourage bicycling and walking as an alternate mode of transportation

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    Improve municipal bridges and roads

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    Improve quality of life through beautification

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    Make roadways safer

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    Reduce road congestion

Selection Criteria


Construction of new bikeways (e.g., bike lanes, bike paths, bike compatible roadways).

Bridge Preservation

Improve the condition of bridge infrastructure (e.g., new deck, rehabilitation, replacement).


Enhance mobility and reduce congestion (e.g., adding lanes, signal optimization).

Pedestrian Safety

Enhance pedestrian safety (e.g., new sidewalks, new crosswalks, traffic calming, pedestrian overpass).

Quality of Life

Beautification, environmental mitigation, economic development, or historic preservation.

Roadway Preservation

Improve the condition of roadway infrastructure (e.g., resurfacing, reconstruction, drainage).

Roadway Safety

Enhance vehicular safety (e.g., guide rail, signage, warning devices, and striping).

Pavement Preservation

Renew the road surface and correct irregularities while preserving and protecting the underlying pavement structure (e.g., slurry seal, micro-surfacing, fog seal).

Project Profile

Skillman Road Pathway & Road Improvement, Montgomery Township

Montgomery Township in Somerset County received funding through the Municipal Aid program to rehabilitate pavement, add bicycle lanes to 1.5 miles of Skillman Road (County Route 601 to Burnt Hill Road), and construct 2.1 miles of a new 6-foot-wide pedestrian multi-use pathway on Skillman Road and Burnt Hill Road. The project delivered enhanced ride quality for vehicles and bicyclists and improved pedestrian and bicycle signage, as well as traffic markings. Upgraded street name signs improve visibility. The investments will allow community members to access numerous local amenities on foot or by bike, including Skillman Park, the US Post Office, the Otto Kaufman Community Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church, local schools, numerous residential neighborhoods, and farms.

How to Apply to State Aid Programs

All applications are to be submitted online through SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically). An applicant can submit up to two (2) applications for each fiscal year. Applications are evaluated in the field and scored based on the existing conditions and information provided in the applications as well as the applicant’s past performance in managing grants. Upon review of all applications and subsequent rankings, a list of recommended projects is forwarded to the Commissioner of Transportation for consideration and approval. Once approved by the commissioner, all municipalities and counties are notified in writing of the disposition of their application.

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