The designation would bring as much as $14 million in federal funds over five years for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and its partners.
The Rutgers center focuses on bridge safety, highway construction and planning, and transportation research and technology.
Rutgers' team includes several other colleges in the Northeast and Puerto Rico, including Princeton University, Rowan University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
“These investments would support the consortium's mission of advancing safer, longer-lasting infrastructure and helping to confront the nation's state of good repair backlog.”
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., led the delegation letter, which also garnered the signatures of all 12 House members from the state.
Last week, Booker and other members of the state's congressional delegation joined their New York counterparts at the White House to discuss federal funding for the Gateway Tunnel project.
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