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Grants

BOROUGH OF RIVER EDGE

PUBLIC RELATIONS STATEMENT

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge are pleased to announce the receipt of notice of two grant awards.  The first is $315,000 from Safe Routes to School Program for the River Edge School Safety Improvements.  The Safe Routes to School Program is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.  This program recognizes the overwhelming needs of communities throughout the state, and their desire to improve the health of their children by promoting walking and bicycling to school.  The Safe Routes to School Program has proven to be very popular and extremely competitive.  This year the state received 141 applications totaling more than $43 million.  There was only

$5.6 million available for this year’s program and the state was able to fund 24 projects of which River Edge is scheduled to receive $315,000 for sidewalk and other pedestrian improvements.

Also, the Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that the Borough is scheduled to receive $800,000 from the Transportation Alternative Program.  This program is for the funding for the Kinderkamack Road Regional Revitalization Project, Phase 3 including River Edge Road.  The Transportation Alternative Program is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.  The goal of the Transportation Alternative Program is to provide federal funds for community based non-traditional projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system.  The program has proven to be very popular and extremely competitive.  This year, the state received 146 applications totaling more than $97 million dollars.  There was $15.5 million available for this year’s program and the state was able to fund 28 projects of which River Edge is one of those.   The Borough of River Edge seeks to continue the streetscape improvements along Kinderkamack Road.

The Governing Body of the Borough of River Edge has scheduled Robert Costa, the Borough Engineer to appear before them at a work session on December 21, 2015.  At that time, a discussion will be held on the conceptual scope of both projects.  The meeting will take place at the Council Chambers, Borough Hall, 705 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge at 7:00 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion and offer their comments, questions and suggestions.