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 evening.
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.