Chatham Township Seeks Safe Routes to School Grant for Shunpike Sidewalk

Madison Feeman, 6, and her mother, Amanda, ask the township committee to approve the grant application for a sidewalk on Shunpike Road Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham resident Rosemary Mannino came before the committee to voice her approval of the Shunpike sidewalk grant Credits: TAP Chatham
Amanda Feeman, chairperson of the Safe Routes to School Committee, is an advocate for the Shunpike Road sidewalk Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - John Ruschke, Chatham Township Engineer, is putting together a grant application that will fund the installation of a sidewalk on south side of Shunpike Road from Falmouth Road to Pine Street, which was discussed at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday.

This past year, Chatham Township completed a project that constructed a sidewalk on the south side of Shunpike Road from Noe Avenue to Pine Street. The new grant would ask for money to fill in the gap where there is no sidewalk on Shunpike from Pine to Falmouth.

The elimination of the gap would allow Shunpike Road residents living on that stretch to walk to Washington Avenue School without having to cross the heavily trafficked road to use the sidewalk on the north side of the road.

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Chatham Township is in a good position to receive such a grant because it has shown it is prepared to move forward and complete the project, according to Ruschke. 

Last year, the township's Safe Routes to School Committee obtained a $578,000 grant to install sidewalks on the east side of Lafayette Avenue from Shunpike to Fairview. That project is still in the planning phase and is likely to begin in the summer of 2017.

John Ruschke, township engineer, explains how the grant would cover the cost of a sidewalk on Shunpike Road


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