COURT HOUSE -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie informed Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue that the State of New Jersey has awarded the Township $360,000 to complete Phase 5 of the popular bicycle path project. The Governor made the announcement via a letter to Mayor Donohue sent on May 7, 2014.
“I want to personally thank the Governor and his staff for looking favorably on this very popular project in our community”, Mayor Donohue said. “Governor Christie and the New Jersey Department of Transportation fully realize the economic, social, and health benefits of extending this final phase of our bicycle path to the connector project that will include a partnership with our neighbors in Lower Township and with the county of Cape May.”
In his letter, Governor Christie notes that the funding is coming to Middle Township via the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Local Aid Bikeway Program. “The department encourages the building of bike paths and physically separated bike lanes throughout the State,” Governor Christie wrote. “The completion of Middle Township Bike Path-Phase 5 project will help us achieve this goal and pursue a transportation strategy that provides mobility while preserving the natural beauty of our state without increasing the tax burden on the citizens of New Jersey.”
This state grant will enable Middle Township to complete the existing bicycle path to Satt Boulevard where the Middle Township/Lower Township connector project ends. The Cape May County Open Space Board has already recommended $412,311 in funding that will extend the bicycle path south to the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal in North Cape May. Phase 4 of the bicycle path project that extends the path from Indian Trail Road to Main Street is currently underway.
“We made a promise to the residents of Middle Township to work diligently on securing funding for projects that make sense for our community,” Mayor Donohue said. “We have done just that. This popular bicycle path project has received a total of $1.75 million in supportive funding and will provide recreational and economic benefits to the Township for many years to come.”
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