ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Township will receive a $909,000 state grant that will help it complete the Main Street improvement project in Succasunna and create a bicycle lane between Black River Park and Route 46, it was announced today.
The project is one of 27 approved July 11 for funding by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees, according to the authority. The NJTPA will award $19.46 million in grants to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, trails, improved access to transit and historical preservation, it said.
Roxbury applied for the so-called TAP grant in the fall of 2016. The township mayor and council chose the Main Street “streetscape” and bicycle lane project after considering three possible uses of the grant money.
The other proposals put forth by Roxbury Township Engineer Michael Kobylarz were a walking/cycling path along Howard Boulevard and a sidewalk between the Landing Park softball fields and the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station in Landing.
With the money, the township will complete the installation of new antique-looking lights on the north side of Main Street. It will also finish installing new sidewalks and curbs, making them go all the way to Black River Park.
Also proposed is the installation of new curbing, sidewalks, brick pavers, driveway aprons, handicapped access ramps and decorative lighting on the south side of Main Street. These new features will extend from Hillside Avenue to Eyland Avenue.
The proposed bicycle lane will not involve new paving. It will simply be a shared-use lane, with painted symbols, on Main Street between Black River Park to Commerce Boulevard and then from Commerce Boulevard to Route 46, officials said. In discussing the plan in October, Kobylarz said the bicycle lane “could be considered an interim measure,” pending the possible creation of a new multi-use path - away from the road -for bicycling and walking.
"It's not going to be a separate lane for bicyclists," the engineer said today. "Basically it will have painted bicycle symbols in the automobile lane to give drivers a heads-up to be careful and be aware it is a designated bicycle route.
The NJTPA said the money for the grants comes from the Federal Highway Administration and is administered by the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The projects are in 26 municipalities throughout the state, it said.
“These are important projects that will improve safety and enhance the quality of life in communities across our region,” said Somerset County Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, chairman of the NJTPA Board of Trustees. “This funding will pay for trail work along the Morris Canal, improve access to train stations and make our sidewalks and streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.”