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New Jersey Lawmakers Call for More Local Traffic Funding

New Jersey Lawmakers Call for More Local Traffic Funding
Local governments say they need more money for roadways.

New Jersey lawmakers are calling for local governments to get a bigger share of funding from the state to address transportation issues in cities and counties.

Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski says county and local roads account for 50 to 60 percent of vehicle traffic in the state, but municipalities get only 15 percent of the state's $1.6 billion transportation trust fund.

Wisniewski and the Assembly Transportation Committee discussed the issue during the fourth and final field hearing on the trust fund Thursday in Atlantic City during the final day of the League of Municipalities conference.

Lawmakers did not offer details on how to increase municipalities' share of the overall fund.

The transportation trust fund is expected run out of money for new projects by next July.