Funding will help municipalities make pedestrian safety improvements.
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in partnership with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) announced on February 14, 2017 the awarding of nearly $2.1 million in 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Salem counties.
“Safety is a key component of New Jersey’s transportation network, including pedestrian and bicycling accommodations,” NJDOT Commissioner Richard T. Hammer said. “These grants will help our local communities improve sidewalks and crosswalks so children may safely walk or bike to school.”
The SRTS program is a federally funded reimbursement program that was established in 2005 to increase pedestrian safety awareness among motorists and schoolchildren. It is being administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the DVRPC, SJTPO , and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). NJTPA grants will be announced in the coming months.
The four grants in the DVRPC region total $1.495 million dollars for the following projects:
- Busansky/Emmons Schools Multimodal Improvements – Phase I in Pemberton Township, Burlington County for $466,000
- Pedestrian Safety Improvements, Frederick Avenue and South Clinton Avenue – Phase I in Maple
Shade Township, Burlington County for $257,000
- Eastampton Community School-Pedestrian Multi-Use Path and Walking Route Improvements in
Eastampton Township, Burlington County for $429,000
- Gloucester City Middle School Infrastructure and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program in
Gloucester City, Camden County for $343,000
The two grants in the SJTPO region total $608,000 dollars for the following projects:
- Pedestrian Safety Bikeway in Margate, Atlantic County for $371,000
- Sidewalk, crosswalk and signalization improvements at various locations in Woodstown, Salem County for $237,000
NJTPA grants will be announced in the coming months.
The Safe Routes to School grants will provide local governments the ability to make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools. The goal is to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative,thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to implement projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
Infrastructure improvement projects to be funded through the program include the construction of sidewalks, bikeway lanes, and multi-use paths and the installation of new crosswalks, school-zones markings and speed-limit signs.
Congratulations to the grant recipients, and thank you for your commitment to safety and making walking and bicycling to school a priority for your community!!
If your application was not funded during this round or if you missed the deadline, there will be future opportunities to apply for SRTS and TAP funding, so please check our website frequently for information on funding at saferoutesnj.org/funding or sign up to receive our emails and we’ll keep you posted on grants as they become available.