COUNTY — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are proud to announce that Union County has received a sizable award of $1,000,000 for design and construction of a new bikeway. The new route will carry riders crossing the Goethals Bridge in the City of Elizabeth, through the Borough of Roselle and connecting to the East Coast Greenway in the Township of Cranford. Called the “NY Connects to Union County NJ East Coast Greenway Bikeway Project” this exciting project has received generous funding through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Local Transportation Projects Fund program.
“We are exceptionally grateful to the NJ DOT’s Local Transportation Projects Fund program for their generous support of the NY Connects to Union County NJ East Coast Greenway Bikeway Project, which aligns perfectly with my “Building a Stronger Union County” 2023 Chairman’s initiatives,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “The funding will enable us to move forward with this essential initiative, and further enhance transportation options in Union County by the creation of a new bi-state link for riders using the Goethals Bridge protected bikeway lane. It is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our transportation system for Union County residents and visitors.”
The NJ DOT’s Local Transportation Projects Fund program is designed to address specific, focused local transportation issues throughout the state. This project is a vital step toward creating a more accessible and interconnected transportation network within the region. It aims to develop a comprehensive bikeway system that will connect Union County to the larger East Coast Greenway network promoting active transportation, reducing traffic congestion. The Greenway is a trail network from Maine to Florida.
The funding from the NJ DOT’s Local Transportation Projects Fund program will be used to support various aspects of the “NY Connects to Union County NJ East Coast Greenway Bikeway Project”, including planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the bikeway infrastructure. The project will create safe and accessible pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, contributing to Union County’s commitment to sustainability and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
“Union County looks forward to working closely with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to ensure the successful implementation of this project,” said Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski, Liaison to the Union County Transportation Advisory Board. “As the project progresses, further details will be shared with the community about the project’s timeline and key milestones.”
The New Jersey Department of Transportation is currently in the process of fully executing the agreement for this project. For additional information about the “NY Connects to Union County NJ East Coast Greenway Bikeway Project” and other transportation-related initiatives in Union County, please contact Liza Betz, Transportation Planning Manager, Union County Bureau of Transportation Planning at (908) 558-2273.