ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - In 2010, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands applied for a FY2011 New Jersey Department of Transportation, Bureau of Local Aid Bikeway Program Grant for more improvements to the Bayshore Trail. The grant submitted is for another section of the Bayshore Trail which currently runs through the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor off First Avenue to Popamora Park in Highlands. On Thursday, February 3, 2011, Mayor Frederick J. Rast III received a phone call from the Governor’s Office telling him that the Borough will receive a $150,000 Bikeway Trail grant.
“For many years the Borough has been working to establish the missing link of the Bayshore / Henry Hudson Trail. Our Administrator, Adam Hubeny, has been working with Robert Werkmeister of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Spence Wickham of the Monmouth County Park System and David Marks of T&M Associates of Middletown to make this a reality”, said Mayor Rast. The grant money will be used to make improvements on West Avenue between Center Avenue and Bay Avenue. The roadway will be resurfaced and improvements to the grass portion of the roadway will be made.
Recently, the Mayor and Council passed a resolution adopting the “Share the Road” program for portions of Avenue D and Center Avenue. “The plan is to link the Henry Hudson Trail with our Bayshore Trail” the Mayor said. People using the Henry Hudson Trail will now be able to walk or ride on Avenue D and turn east onto Center Avenue. There is no parking on the south side of Center Avenue so this was a good area to post the “Share the Road” signs. “Monmouth County Park Officials, our Administrator and Police Chief Jerry Vasto reviewed the route and found it to be acceptable for the program” the Mayor said.
Once again, here was an opportunity to work with State, County, Local and engineering officials to get the money in place and really make this happen” said Adam Hubeny, Borough Administrator. “We worked as a team to accomplish the same goal” said Hubeny. The project is scheduled to begin once the grant paperwork is in order and mother nature cooperates. Once the improvement is completed and the “Share the Road” route is established by roadway markings and signs, the Henry Hudson Trail will be linked with the Bayshore Trail. The Borough is hoping the work will be complete by the this Summer. “The missing link will be no more” said Mayor Rast. “This is what happens when multi agencies work together for a common goal. We are very grateful to our partners for their work on this most important project,” exclaimed Mayor Rast.