PATERSON, NJ - An $820,000 award from the NJ Department of Transportation will make the area around the Great Falls more walkable, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday. It will also add to the aesthetic appeal of the area officials hope will continue to attract visitors as a means of spurring the much heralded renaissance of Paterson. 

“This is where Paterson was born,” Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson, motioning to the area surrounding the Great Falls. “And this is where we are giving our city new life, a new energy that will extend across all six wards, and the greatest opportunity we have seen in decades to allow it to rise again.”

The grant, one of only 10 awarded to communities within the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) region, will allow for the extension of streetscaping currently being undertaken by Passaic County as part of their own rehabilitation of the Wayne Avenue Bridge, northward to Totowa Avenue and eastward along Maple Street to Hinchliffe Stadium. Wayfinding signage along an under-kept walking trail that leads pedestrians from Garret Mountain Reservation to the Great Falls will also be designed and installed using the grant funds.

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Passaic County Commissioner John Bartlett, who was joined by his colleague Commissioner Assad Ahkter, offered that the award was part of the “continuing renewal of Paterson.” 

“What we’re going to see is a walkable space,” Bartlett, who serves as Passaic County’s representative on the NJTPA, said offering a foreshadowing to the project’s completion. “This is part of the ripples of renewal that will make Paterson a destination again.”

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