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DOT's Buttigieg: "We have to factor in resilience in all of our decisions"

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Atlantic City, N.J., will receive $20 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to elevate U.S. 40 in an attempt to end hazardous flooding on the road.


In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $5 million grant for the city of Elizabeth to study when or if ferry services to New York City should begin, according to an Aug. 11 NJ.com story. The money will go toward locating possible terminal sites, as well as what kind of construction is needed.


“We have to factor in resilience in all of our decisions,” Buttigieg said, according to NJ.com.


This would benefit low-income residents who would otherwise be forced to detour to the Atlantic City Expressway and pay tolls when U.S. 40 floods, the story reported.


“The economic burden of flooding will be relieved and a new drainage main and updated 800-foot extension of the seawall will also reduce flooding and improve the roadway drainage, allowing it to have a longer service life,” the DOT said in its announcement. “The project will also reduce standing water on the roadway, which is a contributing factor in motor vehicle crashes, and it will improve Route 40′s ability to serve as an evacuation route during extreme weather."

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