PLAINFIELD, NJ - Eleven Safe Routes to School grants within the NJTPA, or North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority's region have been announced, and total nearly $4.1 million.  Plainfield is the recipient of one of these grants.

The Safe Routes to School program was devised to encourage children to walk and bike to school.  And these grants help local governments make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools, such as bike lanes, multi-use paths, new crosswalks, and speed limit signs.

In Union County, both Plainfield and New Providence have received grants.  Plainfield’s Safe Routes to School Improvements within the city total $304,000.

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The full press release from New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJTPA follows.

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NJDOT and NJTPA Announce $4.1 Million in Safe Routes to School Grants Funding Will Help Municipalities Make Pedestrian Safety Improvements

(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) today announced the awarding of nearly $4.1 million in 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants in eight counties. 

“Safety is a key component of New Jersey’s transportation network, including pedestrian and bicycling accommodations,” NJDOT Commissioner Richard T. Hammer said. “These grants will help our local communities improve sidewalks and crosswalks so children may safely walk or bike to school.”

The SRTS program is a federally funded reimbursement program that was established in 2005 to increase pedestrian safety awareness among motorists and schoolchildren. It is being administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the NJTPA, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). DVRPC and SJTPO grants totaling $2.1 million were announced in February.

NJTPA Grants

The 11 grants in the NJTPA region announced today total $4.079 million dollars for the following projects:

Bergen County

  • Ridgewood Safe Routes to School in Ridgewood Village for $400,000
  • Bike and Pedestrian Safety Infrastructure Upgrades in Rutherford for $368,000

Hunterdon County

  • Safe Routes to School Harrison Street and Second Street in Frenchtown for $472,000

Middlesex County

  • Infrastructure and Intersection Improvements and ADA Compliance in Highland Park for $216,000

Morris County

  • Shunpike Road Sidewalk – Falmouth Road to Pine Street in Chatham for $374,000
  • Pedestrian/Bike Safety Improvements in Netcong for $243,000

Ocean County

  • Clayton Avenue Sidewalk Construction in Bay Head for $190,000

Somerset County

  • Veteran’s Memorial Drive East in Somerville for $670,000

Union County

  • Various Sidewalk Improvements in New Providence for $462,000
  • Plainfield Safe Routes to School Improvements in Plainfield for $304,000

Warren County

  • Safe Routes to School Improvements in Lopatcong for $380,000

The Safe Routes to School program was created to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. These grants will provide local governments within the DVRPC region the ability to make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools.

The goal is to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to implement projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Infrastructure improvement projects to be funded through the program include the construction of sidewalks, bikeway lanes, and multi-use paths; and the installation of new crosswalks, school-zone markings, and speed-limit signs.

Each individual municipality is responsible for implementing their respective SRTS projects. For further details on each project, you would have to contact each respective municipality for their SRTS improvement plans.