PATERSON, NJ- Passaic County will receive $6.2 million in federal grants to make safety improvements along Market Street in the City of Paterson, and Allwood Road and Clifton Road in the City of Clifton, which will include traffic signal upgrades and shorter crossing distances for pedestrians.
The improvements will be completed as part of two separate projects:
- Pedestrian countdown signals, high visibility crosswalks and traffic signal upgrades along a 1.35-mile stretch of Market Street from Spruce Street to Madison Avenue in the City of Paterson. Curb extensions will be incorporated at intersections where feasible to reduce the crossing distance for and visibility of pedestrians, particularly around the NJ TRANSIT rail station, $3,560,400.
- Road diets — a reduction in the number of travel lanes — on Allwood Road from Hepburn Road to Passaic Avenue, and on Clifton Road from Allwood Road to Van Houten Avenue. This project also includes traffic signal upgrades and curb extensions, where feasible, to increase visibility and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. And the existing multi-lane roundabout at Allwood Road and Bloomfield Avenue will be reconfigured into a one-lane roundabout to improve safety and operations, $2,663,400.
The projects are among 14 throughout the region that the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees approved at its Jan. 22 meeting. The Passaic County projects are part of the NJTPA’s Local Safety Program, which provides federal funds for cost-effective solutions that can make an immediate impact on their target areas.
“These grants will help us make these roadways safer for pedestrians and motorists who use these roads every day, whether they’re visiting our cities’ bustling commercial districts, commuting to work or travelling home,” said Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett, who was elected Second Vice Chair of the NJTPA Board of Trustees at its Jan. 22 meeting. “Allwood Road in Clifton and Paterson’s Market Street are at the top of the NJTPA’s list of high crash pedestrian corridors in the county, so it is critical that we make these upgrades.”
The NJTPA Board approved $50.8 million in Local Safety Program and High Risk Rural Roads grants for projects that will proceed in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. More information on the program is available online at www.njtpa.org/LocalSafety.
The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs. The agency establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.
The NJTPA Board consists of one local elected official from each of the counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren) and the cities of Newark and Jersey City. The Board also includes a governor’s representative, the New Jersey Department of Transportation commissioner, the NJ TRANSIT executive director, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a citizen’s representative appointed by the governor.