NEWARK, NJ – The Front Street/River Road (CR 10) corridor in Red Bank will receive a number of pedestrian safety and traffic-calming improvements as part of a project approved today by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees.

The upgrades are included among the NJTPA’s Fiscal Year 2011 Local Safety and High Risk Rural Road programs, which provide federal funds to counties and cities for safety improvements that can be quickly implemented. The project’s approval comes four days after Monmouth County’s adoption of a complete streets policy, which aims to ensure roads and bridges are designed for safe use by all users, not just motorists.

Plans call for the installation of concrete bulbouts and roadway islands, ADA-compliant pedestrian features, brick paver-style crosswalks, solar-powered flashing crossing beacons, traffic signal upgrades, skid-resistant surface treatment, pavement markings and other minor roadway reconstruction work. A total of $500,000 was approved for the project.

“This project promises to make Front Street safer for people traveling on bike or foot, particularly in the area of Riverview Medical Center,” said Monmouth County Freeholder John D’Amico, a member of the NJTPA Board of Trustees. “All of these improvements will help slow traffic and make Red Bank -- one of our region’s great walkable downtowns – even more pedestrian-friendly.”

The Local Safety Program funds improvements to remedy documented safety hazards on county and local roads; the High Risk Rural Roads Program pays for safety projects on rural road segments with crash rates that exceed the state average. In total, the NJTPA will allocate approximately $2.5 million for Local Safety Program projects and another $800,000 for High Risk Rural Road projects throughout the region in FY 2011. These programs reflect the regional priorities outlined in Plan 2035, the long-range transportation plan for the NJTPA region. Key goals of the NJTPA are to make travel safer and to promote walking and biking.

More information on these programs is available on the agency’s website, www.njtpa.org.

The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties.  Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs.  It establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.

 

The NJTPA Board consists of one local elected official from each of the 13 counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren), and the cities of Newark and Jersey City.  The Board also includes a Governor’s Representative, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Executive Directors of NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a Citizen’s Representative appointed by the Governor.