Asbury Park has been awarded $1,135,000 in funding by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through the Bikeway Grant and Safe Streets to Transit Grant programs.
The city will receive $680,000 through the Bikeway Grant Program to begin the Asbury Avenue Bikeway project and $455,000 through the Safe Streets to Transit Grant program to upgrade the intersection at Bangs and Prospect Avenues.
Bikeway Grant projects are awarded funding on a competitive basis taking into consideration new bike miles created, safety, connectivity, service to public and Complete Streets Policy. The $680,000 grant from NJDOT will be used to begin the Asbury Avenue Bikeway project which will include upgrading the traffic signal at Asbury and Grand Avenues and bike infrastructure improvements to benefit cyclists and pedestrians. In addition, the City has also received $286,000 from the NJ Department of Community Affairs in supplemental Transitional Aid funding to support the project.
Safe Streets to Transit projects facilitate the implementation of projects and activities that will improve pedestrian conditions within a 1-mile radius of a transit facility or station. The $455,000 grant funded by this program will be used to install a new traffic signal at Bangs and Prospect Avenues as well as to make necessary safety upgrades to the intersection.
“We’re thrilled to be awarded these NJDOT grants and look forward making much-needed improvements to Asbury Avenue and the Bangs Avenue/Prospect Avenue intersection,” said Mayor John Moor, “Funding like this allows us improve overall safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Asbury Park without burdening local taxpayers.”