MONROE – The township council approved borrowing $820,000 to pay for infrastructure improvements on Schoolhouse Road at the June 5 meeting.

The total amount borrowed is expected to be offset by a $557,200 state Department of Transportation grant announced in April.

The $820,000 will cover milling, repaving and reconstruction of Schoolhouse Road east of the railroad tracks to split at Spotswood Gravel Hill Road, skipping over the Buckelew Avenue intersection, which was addressed in a previous project.

Hyman Grossman, who was the only person from the public to speak about the bonding ordinance, asked what would happen if the state fails to provide the $557,200 grant “in a timely fashion?”

In response, the administration said it has not had a case where the state pledged a grant award but failed to deliver.

“We wouldn’t award the contract until we had the full grant funding in place,” said Township Manager Alan Weinberg. “We’ve already sent the bid documents to the [Department of Transportation] and they’re in the process of approving them right now.”

Township Engineer Mark Rasimowicz added that the grant award is a reimbursement, which is awarded after completion.

Weinberg said the township is “moving quickly” on the Schoolhouse Road project because in the area where is splits with Spotswood Gravel Hill Road that “had some water infiltration in that area and so we want to get it fixed quickly.”

Bids for the project are due June 20.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.