Additional state grant will help Tinton Falls fund road improvements
TINTON FALLS — The borough council has increased the appropriation for this year’s road improvement project in Tinton Falls to $2.91 million after receiving a state grant.
On May 17, council members passed a bond ordinance that amends a previous bond ordinance that earmarked funds for the borough’s 2021-2022 road improvement program.
The original bond ordinance, which passed in July 2021, provided $2.6 million for road improvements. The cost of the appropriation was reportedly covered by $2.2 million in bonds or notes, $265,000 in grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT), and a down payment of $135,000.
Under the Amended Bond Ordinance, Tinton Falls received an additional $311,800 grant from DOT. Total credit for projects will now total $2.91 million and grant funding will total $576,800.
The 2021-2022 road improvement program will consist of improvements to Glenwood Drive,
Riverview Drive, Fairfield Drive, William Street, Terry Lane, Orchard Street, Wellington Drive, Gilbert Street, Wardell Road, Lyndell Lane and Garden Place, in accordance with the bond order.
Sidewalk improvements will be made along Shrewsbury Avenue with the DOT grant and along Fox Chase Drive.
After the Amended Bond Ordinance was introduced on May 3, members of council passed a resolution awarding a $1.97 million contract to Fernandes Construction Inc., Township of Monroe, for the improvement program roads of 2022.
Other bids for the contract were received from L&L Paving ($2.61 million); Earle Asphalt ($2.52 million); S Brothers ($2.35 million); Lima Charlie ($2.32 million); Fiore Paving ($2.28 million); P&A ($2.24 million); Your Way ($2.23 million); Meco ($2.2 million); Lucas Brothers ($2.16 million); PM Construction ($2.07 million); and Black Rock ($2.05 million), according to a report by borough engineer Thomas Neff.
Neff estimated the project would cost $2.25 million and recommended that Fernandes Construction be awarded the contract as the seemingly lowest bidder. The members of the borough council approved this recommendation.
Following passage of the amended ordinance on May 17, members of council awarded a contract to T&M Associates, the borough’s engineering firm, for professional engineering services associated with the improvement of roads 2022.
According to a resolution, the services will include contract administration and construction inspection. The contract will be for an amount not to exceed $174,000.