Preservation work on two state historic projects, including the East Point Lighthouse in the Heislerville section of Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, won the New Jersey Department of Transportation recognition this week.
On Thursday, the NJDOT was awarded 2018 New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards from the State Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office, for the work on the East Point Lighthouse and Route 206 bridges over Stony Brook.
“The New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office awards are recognition that NJDOT’s work improves the quality of life for residents and visitors to our state on multiple levels,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.
“Through NJDOT grants and projects, we are helping preserve New Jersey’s rich history while providing the infrastructure in a state of good repair for years to come.”
According to the NJDOT, its Local Aid and Environmental Divisions became involved in the East Point Lighthouse restoration project in 1995 providing funding to the Maurice River Historical Society.
The East Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1849 and is the second oldest in New Jersey.
It went dark at the beginning of World War II but was recently reopened to the public.