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Issue: 5                                       Government Services                                    July 2014

 


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters will provide updates on recent transportation-related projects and accomplishments, regional transportation news, and major construction activity in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

Camden County Bikeways Inventory Published

    

Throughout early 2014, Cross County Connection updated the Camden County Bikeways Inventory. This process involved surveying all 37 municipalities in the county regarding their existing and proposed bicycle infrastructure. The findings from the process function as a snapshot of bicycle planning and implementation in Camden County in early 2014, and will assist communities throughout the region with identifying network gaps and coordinating local bicycle planning efforts.

The Camden County Bikeways Inventory is part of a larger on-going regional project. Every year, Cross County Connection TMA updates bicycle infrastructure data for a county in its service area, which includes Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties. This initiative is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). The Camden County Bikeways Inventory was last updated in 2009. Since then, the county has witnessed an increase in the total number of existing and proposed bikeways as well as network mileage. Sixteen new bicycle facilities, totaling to 4.96 miles, were constructed during the past five years and numerous bikeways have been proposed both by municipalities and the county.

 

The report examines existing conditions and bikeway connections to transit, discusses existing bicycle-supportive programs and policies in the county, outlines implementation tools and funding opportunities, and provides a model to identify high-priority proposed bikeways. Communities throughout Camden County are encouraged to use the inventory as a resource when planning and implementing bikeways and identifying projects that may be suitable candidates for funding. Click here to download a copy of the report. If you have a question regarding the Camden County Bikeways Inventory, please contact our Transportation Specialist, Matthew Bodnar, at (856) 596-8228 or bodnar@driveless.com.

 

 

Government Services Brochures Available

 

Cross County Connection recently developed five brochures to highlight and promote our services and programs. These brochures include:

Click the links above to download the brochures, or contact us at (856) 596-8228 to request hard copies. Distributing these brochures to municipal staff and elected officials, green team or environmental commission members, and school administration is a great way to start a conversation about pursuing sustainable transportation initiatives with the assistance of Cross County Connection. 

 

 

Archived Newsletters

    

In case you want to refer back to an article, or accidentally deleted a previous edition of Cross County Connection's government services newsletter, past issues can now be accessed here.  

 

 

Christie Administration Announces Nine Local Aid Infrastructure Fund Grants

   

On July 15, the Christie Administration announced nine grants totaling $2.4 million through the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) program. The grants advance safety, drainage, and pavement reconstruction projects in municipalities throughout New Jersey.

 

Municipalities apply for LAIF grants on an as-needed basis throughout the year. NJDOT awards grants periodically based on the availability of funding and the strength of the application. Three other LAIF grants totaling $700,000 were awarded in March and seven others totaling $1.9 million were announced in November, 2013. Three of nine recipients from the July round of funding are located in Cross County Connection's service area. Grants were awarded for the following projects:  

 

  • $100,000 to Gloucester County for pedestrian improvements at various intersections
  • $65,500 to Somerdale Borough in Camden County for emergency storm drain repairs on Kennedy Boulevard  
  • $230,000 to Woodbine Borough in Cape May County for roadway drainage work on Heilprin Avenue   

 

LAIF grants are among about a dozen Local Aid grant programs administered by NJDOT that utilize state or federal funds to provide direct support to municipalities and counties. For more information about NJDOT's local aid programs, click here.   

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


Penns Grove Bicycle Rodeo brings fun and safety to kids
South Jersey Times | June 16, 2014

Editorial: 'Complete Streets' makes it easier and safer for everyone to get around
Times of Trenton Editorial Board | June 16, 2014

New Ninth Street bike-crossing signal is up and running
OCNJ Daily | June 18, 2014

NJDOT releases downloadable bicycle tour routes
Cape May County Herald | July 1, 2014

More and more bicyclists enjoy shore towns' amenities
Press of Atlantic City | July 3, 2014

No fare hikes as NJ Transit budget climbs by $77.7M
The Star-Ledger | July 9, 2014

 

Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.

 

About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. 

 

 

This Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association publication is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The U.S. Government and NJTPA assume no liability for the contents.  

 

 

                      

 

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