Mercer Towns Receive Nearly $200k in Safe Corridor and Bikeway Grants
Lawrence, West Windsor, Trenton and East Windsor will receive state funds.
The Christie Administration announced on Wednesday it will award $3 million in grants to 59 municipalities to promote safety along designated Safe Corridor highway segments and to advance local projects that promote bike safety.
Fifty-three towns will share $2 million in Safe Corridors grants and six towns will share $1 million in bikeway grants.
Lawrence Township will receive $38,584.60, West Windsor will receive $31,996.99 and Trenton will receive $29,173.72 in Safe Corridor grants. East Windsor will receive a $100,000 Bikeway grant.
“Safety is the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s top priority, and these grants support safety through local enforcement and capital improvement projects,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson. “The funding helps local governments achieve their objectives without burdening local property taxpayers.”
The Safe Corridor grant program, which began in 2003, targets 14 ten-mile sections highways with a history of high crash rates. Funding comes in part from doubled moving violation fines along the designated Safe Corridors. Grant funding is allocated based on crash data, with more funding going to areas with 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 FY12 funding.
Grants can be used by municipalities to purchase enforcement equipment including police vehicles, radar equipment, computer hardware and software and salaries. Click here for a complete list of grant recipients and amounts.
The Local Aid Bikeway program supports construction of bike paths and bike lanes.