MANVILLE, NJ – The borough’s Main Street has been targeted for pedestrian improvements thanks to a $3 million grant awarded to Somerset County by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

The project will improve pedestrian safety along a one-mile stretch of Main Street, which is County Route 533, from Dukes Parkway on the north end to Kennedy Boulevard on the south. It includes evaluation and enhancement of all pedestrian crossings.

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“We are pleased to have been selected by the NJTPA for this grant,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh. “This will benefit not only Manville residents but also those who commute and stop to shop in town.”

“The project funds are being provided through the NJTPA’s FY 2016-2017 Local Safety Program, which specializes in cost-effective, quick-fix solutions that can make an immediate impact on their target areas,” said Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director and NJTPA Chairman Peter S. Palmer. “The Manville project is a fine example of how counties and municipalities can benefit from this federally funded program.”

“I’m very happy to hear this project will enhance our Main Street business district in terms of pedestrian safety and help improve traffic flows,” said Manville Mayor Richard Onderko.  “As mayor I take public-safety issues very seriously and I thank everyone involved in acquiring this grant for Manville’s benefit.”

Improvements will include curb extensions, adjusted crossing times and improved crosswalks at 15 intersections and an evaluation of lane usage along a two-block section of Main Street.

Main Street is a heavily traveled north-south roadway that connects municipalities in southern Somerset County to Route 22, north of Manville. The corridor consists of small businesses, municipal offices and two large shopping centers.

Main Street has a higher-than-average pedestrian-crash rating. Improvements to this corridor will be evaluated to enhance vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle conditions.

NJTPA will solicit for proposals for consultant services this summer. The engineering-design phase of the project will begin in the Fall of 2016 and last through 2017. Construction is expected to take place in 2018.

Public meetings during the design phase are anticipated to share the plan development with borough officials, business owners and the general public.