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Sandy Aid Announced for Repairs on Forsythe's Wildlife Drive

Forsythe, along with Sandy Hook, received more than $4.75 million in road repair aid.

More than $4.75 million in federal aid will help repair and rebuild roads in two New Jersey national parks that sustained significant damage during Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced Monday. 

The aid, provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Emergency Relief and Federally Owned Roads Program, will fund repairs at the the Edwin J. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway and Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook.

Forsythe Wildlife Refuge was closed in the aftermath of Sandy as tidal surges crested over Wildlife Drive, causing significant damage to the road infrastructure there.

The preserve will receive $1.25 million for storm-damaged roadway repair.

According to Lautenberg's office, Sandy Hook will receive $3.530 million for the National Park Service Project to repair its damaged roadways.

Sandy Hook, a peninsula surrounded on either site by the Atlantic Ocean and the Raritan Bay, sustained significant damage during the late October storm. A popular tourist destination, officials have said they are unsure if the park will be ready to open this upcoming beach season due to the severity of the damage caused by Sandy.

The funding is part of the recently adopted Hurricane Sandy Relief Act. The $60.2 billion package was approved by Congress in January and signed into law by President Barack Obama shortly after. 

Gail February 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM
It's great to repair roads in a park but what about the homeless people waiting for their flood insurance companies to pay their ligitimate claims. At this rate, the park will be ready for tourists before we get our claims paid. Maybe we should all homestead on the new park roads. I wonder what the tourists will think. Someone is profiting from this delay in payment--making interest on our money. Is it the federal government (alias FEMA) , the insurance companies?? Obviously something is behind this rediculous and calculated delay. What do you all think?
HJS February 13, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Some people wanted more goverment Will this is what you get
Rick February 13, 2013 at 06:20 PM
And if they don't repair these roads will any claims get paid quicker? The people doing the repair work will be getting paid and then spending that money in the area. Maybe even paying for repairs to their own storm damaged homes.

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