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Morristown Gets $120K Safe Routes to School Grant

NJDOT-funded grant to go toward traffic calming for students going to Sussex Avenue School from the Cutler Park neighborhood.

Morristown is among the recipients of a Safe Routes to School grant, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The town's grant of $120,000 will be used to implement a safe walking program on Sussex Avenue. It would provide the funds for installing "traffic calming" measures for students walking to Sussex Avenue School from the nearby Cutler Park neighborhood. It is part of a $5.7 million federally-funded Safe Routes to School package benefiting 25 municipalities.

Councilman Stefan Armington, a bicycle and pedestrian advocate that pushed for the grant, said he was surprised and pleased when he heard the town received it on Monday.

"I had been waiting for this since last summer, though I never knew if Morristown was on the list," he said. "As proposed, the grant would fund speed humps and/or tables on some streets, raised crosswalks on others and an intersection bump out at Lake Road and Sussex."

The town will now need to work with the county, Armington said, "to see if an appropriate design can actually work at Lake Road, given the steep grades. And we’ll have to go door-to-door to make sure a majority of the residents still want these elements on their streets."

The Safe Routes to School grants announcement was in addition to 10 state-funded Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants totaling $1.1 million for emergency road repairs, including nearly $76,000 to Morristown for Hurricane Irene-related emergency repairs to Cory Road and nearly $26,000 to Morris Township for Lake Valley Road bank stabilization, also following Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The Safe Routes to School grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The 25 grants announced Monday will be provided to the recipients as their projects advance.

Complete lists of the recipients and grant amounts for the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants, the Hurricane Irene-related LAIF grants and the Safe Routes to School grants are available on the NJDOT website.

I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Councilman Stefan Armington, We all were taught how to walk on the street and cross them since we are children. I am not sure why you had to take tax money and waste it on this useless feel good project. This project will probably cause unknown dangers and other problems after what ever it is, is installed. You should try and cancel this debacle and give the money back to the tax payers, and maybe sponser free classes on how to cross the street as they are now.
Patriot January 31, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Absolutely Agree with John. When will people become responsible? It is just too easy to take the money! We send our highest paid taxes to the government and they send it back to us with strings attached, or merely send it partially back for our officials to eagerly accept it for WASTE projects. It is no wonder that our country is on the brink of bankruptcy with these inane practices. The Morris County Freeholder Board is another group that is not doing right by the taxpayers. $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS for a 1 ACRE community garden on EARLY STREET. They should all be held accountable and REPLACED! Enough is Enough!
SockPuppet February 01, 2013 at 05:43 AM
John the Jaywalker claims to know how to cross a street! Oh, and what a great statement: "This project will probably cause unknown dangers and other problems after what ever it is, is installed." In other words, you have no idea what the project is, but you're dead certain that you hate, hate, hate it. Pig-ignorance at its pinnacle.
Jack Cutler March 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Maybe we need to add more Latino crosswalks throughout Morristown. There aren't enough and we shouldn't inconvenience our illegals by making them walk more than ten feet to a cross walk. Armington should spend more of our money and put in crosswalks every five feet.

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