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Monday, December 2, 2002

County Partners with Municipalities for Road Improvements

County Executive Dennis Levinson has announced the approval of two interlocal agreements with the City of Ventnor and the City of Margate for road improvements with funding from a recently approved $10 million bond designated for regional transportation infrastructure improvements. The county is obligating $211,000 for the resurfacing of Ventnor Avenue between Fredericksburg and Dorset Avenues in Ventnor and another $175,000 to enhance storm water drainage and management on Washington Avenue in Margate to help alleviate flooding on Ventnor Avenue.

According to Levinson these two projects are the first interlocal agreements funded by the bond ordinance that was approved by the Board of Freeholders on September 24, 2002. A portion of that bond was specifically targeted for agreements between the county and municipalities to address shared infrastructure needs.

"It just makes sense to participate in joint projects whenever possible," explained Levinson. "It saves our taxpayers the expense of duplicated engineering and administrative services and ensures a cohesive project."

Each city will contribute its own funds towards engineering and construction costs of the respective projects. In the case of Ventnor, the county is bidding its section of the roadway in concert with Ventnor, while in Margate the county is sharing the cost for the alleviation of a stormwater problem that impacts both county and city roadways. Both projects are expected to be completed during the summer of 2003.

For more information, please contact Glen Mawby, Intergovernmental Liaison, at (609) 343-2229.

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