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State Awards $193K Grant to Hillsdale

The grant from the NJDOT will be used to repave two roads in Hillsdale.

Hillsdale will receive a grant for more than $193,000 from the Department of Transportation to repave two roads, state officials announced Wednesday.

The $193,885 grant from the NJDOT's Local Aid Infrastructure Fund will be used for work on Central Avenue and Cross Street.

Hillsdale Mayor Max Arnowitz told Patch the borough regularly applies for and receives these grants.

"It's a grant that we've gotten yearly — in some amount — for many years," Arnowitz said.

The grants are typically awarded for local streets which connect to county roads and are used by many drivers besides local residents, Arnowitz said. Cross Street connects Broadway and Magnolia Avenue. Central Avenue connects Hillsdale Avenue, Piermont Avenue and Knickerbocker Avenue.

"The Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants allow municipalities and counties to make vital improvements to streets without burdening local property taxpayers," NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said in a press release.

Arnowitz said the grants are a welcome source of aid for the borough's annual road program.

"If we can get grant money through state or county means, we're going to take advantage of it," Arnowitz said.

Hillsdale was the only Bergen County town to receive a Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grant for road work this year.

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