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Wildwood Obtains Small Cities Grant for Pacific Ave Work

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TRENTON – Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver has awarded Wildwood a Small Cities CDBG grant worth $400,000. 
According to a release, this grant will provide funding to improve non-compliant curb ramps on 11 Pacific Avenue intersections, between Cresse and Montgomery avenues. 
“We are so grateful for the state’s continued support of the City of Wildwood by Gov. Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Without their contributions, our taxpayers would have to bear the burden of the high cost of maintenance and repairs to our city streets, which welcome millions of visitors yearly,” stated Mayor Peter Byron.
Pacific Avenue is the historic main thoroughfare connecting Wildwood Crest, Wildwood and North Wildwood. The roadway is currently being remediated by a separate flood mitigation project to limit the damage caused by rain events and recurring coastal storms. This grant allows additional ADA-compliant infrastructure improvements on this main thoroughfare that coincide with repaving work for the mitigation project. 
“As a Pacific Avenue business owner and commissioner of Public Safety, I am thrilled to see this project complement the larger flood mitigation plan and to create safe walkways for everyone. The flooding has caused so many issues for our residents, visitors and businesses. This is long overdue.” 
The cost of construction, as prepared by engineers Remington & Vernick and the county engineer, is $400,000. The city will contribute an additional $40,000 in construction, engineering and inspection costs, plus $20,000 for grant administration.
Commissioner Krista Fitzsimons stated, “Without this grant, the city would absorb the total unbudgeted cost of $440,000. It is the state’s help with grants like this, that keep us moving forward on our promise to fix both infrastructure issues and taxes.”

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