Chatham Lafayette Sidewalks Slowed by Procedural Red Tape

Chatham Township's grant to install sidewalks on the east side of Lafayette Avenue have been delayed by the DOT Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - In 2014, Chatham Township received the largest Safe Routes to School grant in the state when it received $578,000 to install sidewalks on Lafayette Avenue and Spring Street. The plans for the sidewalks have yet to be made.

In December, 2015, it was announced that Chatham Township had received grant money from a state pilot program, which would cover the design costs of the Safe Routes to School grant. That grant is likely to keep the sidewalks from being constructed this summer because of procedural red tape.

At last Thursday's Chatham Township Committee meeting it was announced that the project is still awaiting for the state to assign the design project.

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John Ruschke, township engineer, explains how the process has slowed on the Lafayette sidewalks

The good news is that Chatham Township is not in danger of losing the grant money, which was supposed to be used within two years. The grant is still in good standing and Chatham Township has proceeded as expected.

Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, explains that the grant money will not be taken away


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