District 16 legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, have announced that two towns in their district (Flemington and Princeton) are receiving federal Transportation Alternatives Program grants (TAP).
TAP provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” projects designed to improve the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental sections of a community. Flemington will receive a $1 million grant to improve sidewalks on Main Street under the Safe Routes to Schools Program. Princeton is receiving $300,000 to upgrade two traffic signals on Harrison St.
“This funding will allow Flemington and Princeton to take on worthy improvement projects that might otherwise not have been possible,” said Bateman. “Establishing safe, walkable downtowns and neighborhoods are important aspects of having a thriving community where families want to live, shop and send their children to school. These projects will help to draw more visitors to Flemington’s Main Street and make it safer and more convenient for students, families and motorists in Princeton.”
“Improving safety and upgrading the condition of a town’s local roads is just as important as making improvements to major highways,” said Ciattarelli. “Monitoring what areas need repair is a vital part of the services provided by a municipality. Pedestrian and driver safety are key responsibilities for a town and the funds awarded under these programs go a long way in achieving these purposes.”
“Every parent who has walked their child to school knows the importance of safe routes, especially across busy roads,” said Simon. “I commend Flemington and Princeton officials for their dedication to making their towns pedestrian friendly and safer. These grants help protect our residents and visitors by enabling municipalities to maintain the condition of roads, traffic signals and sidewalks.”