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Sandy Hook Will Get $3.5M in Federal Funds for Road Repairs

Part of the first round of transportation funding from the $60.2 billion Hurricane Sandy Relief package.

Sandy Hook will get $3.530 million in federal funds to make repairs to badly damaged roads in the Gateway National Recreation Area, in the first round of Hurricane Sandy aid. 

In addition, the  Edwin J. Forsyth National Wildlife Refuge in Atlantic County will receive $1.25 million for storm-damaged roadway repair.

U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced the funding to repair and rebuild roads, as part of a $4.75 million in federal aid provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Emergency Relief and Federally Owned Roads Program.

Sandy Hook, a peninsula surrounded on either site by the Atlantic Ocean and the Raritan Bay, sustained significant damage during the October 29, 2012 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.

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 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. 

Tom February 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Sherrie, you obviously have a reading comprehension issue. Actually, I have seen first hand what sandy has done to sandy hook as I have had a personal tour of the hook a week after Sandy hit. @Paul: it's highly unlikely the hook will be open to the public that early, the infrastructure took a big hit. One of the biggest concerns is that the sewerage plant that treats all the effluent from the bathrooms was badly damaged, they weren't sure if/how much saltwater entered the fresh water system, most of the bathrooms were destroyed (still standing but badly damaged inside), and there are the obvious concerns about people walking around where there are collapsed walkways (multi-use paths). I would imagine if they were to open around memorial day they would likely have to have batteries of port-o-johns to handle the needs of the crowds. As for me, my research is on hiatus until I'm allowed back out. Cheers.
Sherrie February 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Now i see why no one else but u 2 (Paul Heyman & Tom) ever comment on articles on the Patch. I believe that everything is open to interpretation... forgive me for not interpreting the article as correctly as u 2 LIFELONG residents seem to do.... i know u 2 keep up to date with ALL of the happenings in our area since i see u comment on darn-near EVERY article written on the Patch, & at all times during the day, even with ur super busy schedules.... from now on i will keep my poorly educated & uninformed bottom in the kitchen where i'm sure i belong... so sorry to interject a comment into YOUR news article... trust me, it won't happen again....
carolynne sehn February 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM
To all above , I see no mention or concern from any of you regarding all the people that lived on the hook and were and some still remain, dislocated or and homeless.
Sherrie February 14, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Actually carolynne, I am concerned about Sandy Hook residents! I too, have been dislocated from my home, albeit, temporarily.... While I struggle with contractors, house lifters, electricians, plumbers, & mold remediation specialists!! I feel ur pain!! While these 2 badger any & all commenters.... My original comment was more of awe that anyone would question why the road system on the hook was to be rebuilt, but apparently I'm not to question someone else's comment made on the article.
bob franco May 01, 2013 at 09:15 PM
the cement roadway leading to the toll booths are still unusable......

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