Christie Administration awards $3 million in grants to support highway, bikeway programs
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Division of Local Aid and Economic Development has administered $3 million in grants to 59 municipalities to promote safety along designated Safe Corridor highway segments and to advance local projects that promote safety for bicyclists.
A total of 53 municipalities will share $2 million in FY 12 Safe Corridors grants and six municipalities will share $1 million in FY 12 bikeway grants. The grants are administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development.
“Safety is the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s top priority, and these grants support safety through local enforcement and capital improvement projects,” saidLocal Aid and Economic Developmen “The funding helps local governments achieve their objectives without burdening local property taxpayers.”
The Safe Corridor grant program dates to 2003 and targets resources to 14 ten-mile segments of several highways that have a history of high crash rates. Grants are supported by fines which are doubled in designated Safe Corridors for a variety of moving violations, including speeding.
FY 12 Safe Corridors funding is being allocated based on crash data, with higher amounts of funding going to areas demonstrating the greatest need for continued enhanced enforcement measures.
Segments of Route 1, Route 9, Route 22, Route 40, Route 46, Route 47, Route 73 and Route 206 are receiving FY 12 funding.
Grants can be used by municipalities to purchase enforcement equipment including police vehicles, radar equipment, computer hardware and software and salaries. Here is the complete list of grant recipients, amounts and Safe Corridor segments for which grants are being awarded.
The Local Aid Bikeway program supports construction of bike paths in parks and other settings, as well as bike lanes along roadways, especially those that are designed to be physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by open space or a barrier. The paths and lanes promote healthful exercise, an alternative mode of transportation that benefits the environment and reduces roadway congestion, and they promote safety for bicyclists.
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