NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $2,012,103.44 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in completing repairs on the Lincoln Tunnel ventilation buildings damaged after Superstorm Sandy battered the state.
“Superstorm Sandy not only destroyed New Jersey neighborhoods, it ravaged our critical infrastructure, including the Lincoln Tunnel,” said Sen. Menendez. “As we approach the fifth anniversary of the worst natural disaster to ever hit our state, we are reminded that while we’ve made significant strides, the work isn’t done. This federal funding will help us repair and fortify our vital infrastructure, move New Jersey another step closer to full recovery, and ensure we are stronger to withstand the next storm.”
“New Jersey’s and our region’s economy rely on a strong infrastructure network in order to keep moving forward,” said Sen. Booker. “Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy left our already crumbling transportation systems in dire need of repair. This federal investment will help strengthen the Lincoln Tunnel and make this critical infrastructure more resilient in the face of future disasters while prioritizing driver safety.”
The funding will also allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to invest in cost-effective mitigation efforts on the structures in order to be prepared for the next storm.