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).
Municipal Aid Program Milestones
April - July
No later than July 31
No later than November 30
24 months after Grant Announcement
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.
Encourage bicycling and walking as an alternate mode of transportation
Improve municipal bridges and roads
Improve quality of life through beautification
Make roadways safer
Reduce road congestion
Construction of new bikeways (e.g., bike lanes, bike paths, bike compatible roadways).
Improve the condition of bridge infrastructure (e.g., new deck, rehabilitation, replacement).
Enhance mobility and reduce congestion (e.g., adding lanes, signal optimization).
Enhance pedestrian safety (e.g., new sidewalks, new crosswalks, traffic calming, pedestrian overpass).
Quality of Life
Beautification, environmental mitigation, economic development, or historic preservation.
Improve the condition of roadway infrastructure (e.g., resurfacing, reconstruction, drainage).
Enhance vehicular safety (e.g., guide rail, signage, warning devices, and striping).
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.