New Jersey has launched a new interactive website that aims to give the public insight into how the state is spending money received from the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding approved by Congress in 2021, along with state matching funds.

The BIL Formula Funding Tracker will help the public measure the progress and impact of BIL-funded projects, state officials said.

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is enabling states to make the type of transformational investments not seen since the New Deal,” said N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy. “New Jersey has an extraordinary opportunity to reimagine and transform its aging infrastructure, protect its natural resources, and address longstanding inequities experienced by underserved communities throughout the state. This new website will enable taxpayers to monitor their dollars in action and track the progress we are making on all of these fronts.”

The new website provides users with project locations and descriptions, phases of work, funding allocations, and dollar amounts spent. Additionally, the site’s dashboards feature searchable data, location mapping, and customized reports and analysis.

The tracker also integrates funding and expenditure data received from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The governor’s office said the data will be updated quarterly.

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s partnership with Governor Murphy is invaluable in our efforts to invest in New Jersey and deliver meaningful, tangible progress for families,” said Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Tom Perez. “Communities across the New Jersey can now follow along as federal and state dollars power the infrastructure renaissance taking place in neighborhoods across the state.”

State leaders said projects chosen for BIL-funds are assessed against a variety of factors, including environmental and social justice for underserved communities, impacts on sustainability and resilience, and how they help advance Gov. Murphy’s goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the state. Looking to the future, the governor’s office said it is working on incorporating equity and sustainability analysis into project decisions.

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