Train station, road improvement grant on Morristown council’s agenda


MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morristown station could see improvements as early as next year. The Morristown Council will meet tonight to discuss an application for a New Jersey Department of Transportation FY23 Transit Village Program grant.

The Division of Local Aid and Economic Development’s Transit Village Grant program will provide grants for non-traditional transportation-related projects to New Jersey municipalities designated as transit villages.

These are municipalities that have made a commitment to develop near a transit facility. The station can accommodate commuter trains, buses, ferries or light rail. This year, the grant program distributed $3,818,000 to nine Garden State counties.

The application period for the 2023 Village Transit Grant Program closes August 18.

The Morristown Council is also submitting a grant application for the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Assistance Program for the Lidgerwood Parkway, Paula Court and Abbett Avenue road improvement project.

The greater Morristown area has already received $882,800 from the municipal assistance program for the distribution of three projects in 2022.

These projects were split between Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains.

  • Valley View Drive, Ford Avenue and Headley Road Improvement Project (Morristown)
  • Sunrise Drive Improvements (Morris Plains)
  • Southgate Parkway Improvement Project (Township of Morris)

Funding can only be used for the eligible project categories listed.

  • bike path: The main objective of the project is the construction of new bicycle paths (eg, cycle paths, cycle paths, cycle roads).
  • Preservation of the bridge: The main objective of the project is to improve the condition of the bridge infrastructure (eg new deck, rehabilitation, replacement).
  • Mobility: The main objective of the project is to improve mobility and reduce congestion (eg, adding lanes, optimizing signage).
  • Pedestrian safety: The main objective of the project is to improve pedestrian safety (eg new sidewalks, new crosswalks, traffic calming, pedestrian overpass).
  • Quality of life: The primary purpose of the project is beautification, environmental mitigation, economic development, or historic preservation.
  • Pavement preservation: The main objective of the project is to improve the condition of the road infrastructure (eg resurfacing, reconstruction, drainage).
  • Road safety : The main objective of the project is to improve vehicle safety (eg guide rail, signage, warning devices and markings).

Morristown Council will meet on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morristown Town Hall Council Chambers.

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James H. Wright