Video: Camden Awarded $16.2 Million Federal Grant To Improve Infrastructure


CAMDEN, N.J. – New Jersey politicians gathered together in Camden on Tuesday to reveal a major redevelopment grant for the city.
Officials announced the $16.2 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant was awarded to the city by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“This is the kind of grant that opens up opportunities that are incredible, that has multiplier effects that go on and on and on,” said New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
And being chosen to receive the funds, also known as a TIGER Grant, was a competitive process.
“Mayor Redd and the City of Camden put together an outstanding project, one that takes modern transportation design principles and applies them in a way that makes sense for the entire community,” said New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.
The grant will help launch the “Connections for the Future" project. This project will ultimately focus on bettering the quality of life for residents and those visiting the city.
“Project components are North Camden infrastructure improvements and the Cooper Street traffic improvements and in total, the project will overhaul more than two miles of Camden roadways,” said Mayor of Camden Dana Redd.
Both senators and Mayor Redd are excited for what this project will bring to the city of Camden.
“Having a safe walkable community helps spur economic development and allows local businesses to attract more customers,” said Sen. Menendez. “I believe that the work that Camden is doing can be a model for the rest of the country.”
According to the mayor, these advancements are laying the foundation for great improvements in the city, making the city a place of choice for residents and businesses, both existing and to come, that will be proud to call Camden home.
The Camden connections for the future project is expected to begin spring 2017.