TRANSPORTATION

Gas tax to fund $161M worth of county road, bridge improvements

That extra money you pay at the pump in the form of a gas tax is being doled out to all 21 counties.

They’ll split a pot of $161 million through the County Aid Program to maintain local road, bridges and other infrastructure improvements.

The program is funded through the Transportation Trust Fund, which is supported by the increase in the gas tax former Gov. Chris Christie signed into law before leaving office.

“When people ask, where does the money from the gas tax go, this is the answer: The majority of these funds go to local government to improve their roads and bridges without burdening local property taxpayers,” said Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

Counties must submit eligible projects to the state Department of Transportation for approval by Dec. 1, 2019.