TRENTON, NJ - Chatham Township received $374,000 in Safe Routes to School grant money awarded for the construction of sidewalks on Shunpike Road, it was announced Tuesday by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The grant to fund the construction of sidewalks on Shunpike Road from Falmouth Road to Pine Street, was one of 11 grants awarded by the NJDOT's North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority totaling more than $4.1 million.

"With the redistricting of several northern neighborhoods in Chatham Township from Southern Boulevard School to Washington Avenue School a number of years ago, this project became of premier importance, and kudos truly go to the SRTS Committee under the leadership of Chairwoman Amanda Feeman for working on this grant application," Karen Swartz, Chatham Township Deputy Mayor, said.

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"Working together, we have had a great deal of positive feedback from the community especially property owners along the route on this project."

Chatham Township was the only town in Morris County to receive such a grant, according to the NJDOT announcement.

"This sidewalk is the natural progression to completing connectivity and literally a safer route to school which started with the sidewalk from Noe Avenue to Pine Street," Swartz said. "It's truly exciting and we are optimistic that the timetable will be favorable." 

In 2015, Chatham Township received the largest Safe Routes to School grant in the state of $578,000 to construct sidewalks on the east side of Lafayette Avenue and on Spring Street. The sidewalks are still in the planning stages with the state.