The NJTPA, in partnership with New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), today announced
the award of $8.8 million for 10 federal grants under the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) program.
“As part of NJDOT’s Commitment to Communities, we work with the three regional planning authorities to provide federal funding to counties and municipalities for local transportation projects that improve safety and strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of our transportation system,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The grants announced today will fund projects to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in 10 North Jersey communities without having to impact local property taxes.”
The competitive TA Set-Asides program provides funds to build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, and create trail projects that serve a transportation purpose while promoting safety and mobility. It is administered by the NJDOT in partnership with NJTPA, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). The DVRPC and SJTPO previously announced their grants. The 10 NJTPA grants include:
- Mola Boulevard Improvement Project, $690,000 (Elmwood Park, Bergen County): This streetscape project will make pedestrian safety improvements between Broadway and Philip Avenue. This includes sidewalk improvements, pedestrian and vehicle signage, lighting and plantings.
- Anderson Avenue Restoration Phase III Project, $1,000,000 (Fairview, Bergen County): This streetscape project will make improvements from Kamena Street to Edgewater Road. (Previous phases included Fairview Avenue to Kamena Street.) Sidewalk and curbing will be replaced with stamped concrete, curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and trash receptacles, benches, bus depots and lighting will be installed.
- Washington Street Corridor Improvement Project, $780,000 (West Orange, Essex County): This project will make improvements from Main Street to High Street. It includes improved crosswalks, signage, new widened sidewalks and curbs, ADA-compliant curb ramps, detectable warning surfaces, flashing speed limit signs, flashing pedestrian crossing signs, enhanced lighting, and landscaping.
- Waterfront Commuter Trail, $1,000,000 (South Amboy, Middlesex County): This project will construct a multi-use trail that connects the NJ TRANSIT station to the South Amboy Ferry Terminal, which is under construction. This includes installing a two-way buffered bike lane on Augusta Street; intersection improvements; and a paved shared-use path along Manhattan Beach that transitions to a concrete paver trail at the Raritan Bay to connect to the ferry terminal. Security cameras, landscaping and trail markings will also be installed.
- Channel Drive Revitalization Project, $1,000,000 (Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County): This project includes new 6-foot-wide sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, curbing, benches, bicycle racks, signage, stormwater catch basins and pipes, improved lighting and landscaping. Utility poles will be relocated to remove obstructions.
- Main Avenue Streetscape Improvements, $880,000 (Clifton, Passaic County): This project includes improvements from Piaget Avenue (Route 46) to West 5th Street. Deteriorating sidewalks will be replaced, ADA-compliant curbs will be installed, as well as brick pavers, lighting, benches, bicycle racks near community centers, trees, and a wayfinding system to identify points of interest and public transit.
- Transformative Railroad Project, $1,000,000 (Passaic, Passaic County): This project will convert 2,000 square feet of decommissioned railway into an off-road pedestrian and bicycle greenway, which would connect Dundee Island Park and Pulaski Park. Storm water retention and rain gardens will also be installed.
- Great Falls-Hinchliffe Bike-Ped Connection Phase 1, $820,000 (Paterson, Passaic County): This project will make improvements to Wayne Avenue (north of the Wayne Avenue Bridge) and Maple Street. It includes restoring curbing, sidewalks and ramps; shared road markings; green infrastructure improvements and street trees; andwayfinding signage leading from the Garret Mountain Reservation to the Great Falls.
- Hamilton Street Plaza Project, $1,000,000 (Bound Brook, Somerset County): This project will close Hamilton Street between Main Street and East 2nd Street to vehicle traffic, restricting it to bicycle and pedestrian uses. The plaza will include event spaces, loading zones for businesses, decorative paving, planters, moveable tables and chairs, flexible seating areas and overhead lighting.
- East Cherry Street Streetscape Improvements, $630,000 (Rahway, Union County): This project will improve Irving Street to Main Street. East Cherry Street will be reconfigured into a semi-pedestrian promenade with 10-foot sidewalks on both sides and one-way vehicle travel. ADA-compliant curb ramps will be installed. There will be parking on one side of the street and removeable bollards will be installed along the curbline to allow the parking area to be used for flexible outdoor dining and seating.
Municipalities in the NJTPA region submitted 83 applications, requesting a combined $75 million. The total grant funding available was $8.8 million.
New this year was an equity component to the program. Projects in eligible communities received additional technical assistance with the grant application, as well as additional points during the scoring process. Eligible communities were determined by U.S. Census data identifying low-income residents, racial and ethnic minorities, those with limited English proficiency, persons with disabilities, children, and older adults.
For more information about Local Aid programs visit www.njdotlocalaidrc.com.