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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: July 22, 2004

NJDOT presents $900,000 in Transportation Enhancement Grants to Gibbsboro and Berlin

(Gibbsboro)   New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, and a representative from U.S. Senator Jon Corzine's office today presented representatives of the Borough of Gibbsboro and the Township of Berlin with Transportation Enhancement Grants totaling $900,000.  

The grant program, which is federally funded and administered by the State, provides dollars for non-traditional transportation projects such as streetscape improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, landscaping and beautification projects.   Gibbsboro will receive $500,000 and Berlin Township will receive $400,000 through this year's program.

"Governor McGreevey has made it clear that helping our municipalities enhance residents' quality of life, while relieving their property tax burden, is a top priority of this administration," said Lettiere.   "These grants are designed to foster more livable communities, preserve and protect environmental and cultural resources and promote other modes of transportation."

"Improving the aesthetic look of downtown areas is vital to spurring further economic growth in our communities," added Assemblyman Greenwald.  "By attracting more businesses and improving pedestrian access in and around their historic districts and business hubs, Gibbsboro and Berlin Township are utilizing their strengths to build a brighter future for their communities."

"I am proud to be a part of securing funds for Gibbsboro.   The improvement along Haddonfield- Berlin road will provide the central business district with a gateway that welcomes visitors and residents alike," noted U.S. Senator Jon Corzine.   "This grant is an example of what can be accomplished when federal, state and local governments work together."

"One of the goals of this program is to provide local governments with funds for projects that will inspire people to leave the car keys on the dresser and take advantage of other forms of transportation," Said Senator Lautenberg. "Examples of this are found here in the Borough of Gibbsboro and Berlin Township.   We are providing funding for a variety of different things here including sidewalks, bus stop shelters, and bicycle lockers."

The Borough of Gibbsboro will use the funds for Gateway Enhancements along both sides of Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Clementon Road.   The project will include installation of distinctive brick and iron gateway structures at each of the Borough's entrances, sidewalks with handicap accessibility, Victorian style lighting and benches, and streetscape improvements to the newly refurbished Lucas Park area.   The improvements will highlight Gibbsboro's commercial district and significantly increase pedestrian safety.

The Township of Berlin will use the funds for a Pedestrian, Bicycle and Bus Transportation Enhancement Program in the central business district along Haddon Avenue.   Several aspects of the program include developing a functional streetscape in the downtown area, replacing deteriorating sidewalks with Village Square/Brickstone and concrete pavers, new bus shelters for the NJTRANSIT bus route, new lighting and landscaping. The improvements will attract residents and visitors to the central business district, promote the use of bus service, and encourage bike and pedestrian traffic.

The Transportation Enhancement Program has been a successful partnership between federal, state and local governments, and emphasizes the vital role of Governor McGreevey's smart growth initiatives.   In fiscal year 2004, NJDOT is dispersing over $11.5 million in Transportation Enhancement Grants.



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