(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, today applauded the announcement that Hamilton Township will be awarded a $140,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Safe Streets to Transit program.
The grant, which was one of seven awarded in the state, will be used to build 900 feet of new sidewalk on South Broad Street between Highland Avenue and Sunnybrae Boulevard. This upgrade aims to improve pedestrian traffic and safety around three NJTRANSIT bus stops.
The award will also support upgrades to nine existing ramps to meet ADA compliance requirements and improve over 4,900 feet of crosswalk.
“As someone who grew up using public transportation in Hamilton, I know how important it is to ensure that public transit facilities are accessible for all residents,” said Benson. “In the ongoing effort to improve public transportation, projects to upgrade streets and sidewalks in and around NJ Transit facilities are absolutely critical. For all pedestrians, including those with disabilities, the projects made possible by this grant will improve safety, accessibility, and quality of life.”
“I am excited to announce that Hamilton Township was awarded this grant money to help us provide much needed improvements to South Broad Street,” said Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin. “This project will not only connect more residents to new, additional transit stops, but also increase accessibility with ADA compliant ramps. Thank you to the NJDOT and to Chairman Dan Benson for being an advocate for new infrastructure in Hamilton and the 14th Legislative District.”
The Safe Streets to Transit program is one of several pedestrian safety initiatives funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. The program, as well as other Local Aid state-funded grant programs, benefits residents by enabling local governments to significantly reduce or eliminate reliance on local property tax dollars to support their projects.