West Windsor wins 3 more state grants for biking and walking

West Windsor has just been awarded three grants totaling $688,000 from Governor Murphy that will help make West Windsor even better for those who walk, bike and scoot.

Together with three grants awarded early this year, West Windsor has received $1.33 million from the state for new multi-use paths, new sidewalks, and other bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

The biggest of the three newest grants, for $377,000, is for an 8-foot /multi-use path that will run along the south side of Conover Field. The path will connect to an existing walkway west of Ginnie Lane and, at the other end, with the existing multi-use path on the west side of South Post Road near a Mercer County golf course.

A $222,000 award is a Safe Streets to Transit grant to extend the sidewalk in two spots on Alexander Road. The project will complete the sidewalk network on the west side of Alexander Road from Roszel Road to Vaughn Drive/Bear Brook, connecting businesses and homes to the intersection of Alexander Road and Vaughn Drive. The WWBPA suggested this project to the township in late May/early June.

Finally, an $89,000 Transit Village grant will help replace existing single-sided solar rectangular rapid-flashing beacons at Wallace Road and Scott Avenue intersection, which will improve pedestrian safety near the Princeton Junction train station. This was also suggested by the WWBPA.

(You can see descriptions of the projects in resolutions adopted by West Windsor Township Council in August – PDF pages 39, 44 and 45.)

These grants are awarded under the state’s FY2023 allocations.

3 more grants awarded in early 2022

This is in addition to a $330,000 grant awarded in February (FY2022 award) to build an 8-foot path along North Post Road just south of Wood Hollow Road that will connect to the South Post Road multi-use path at Village Road West.

West Windsor also received a $250,000 Safe Streets to Transit grant then to close gaps in the trail along the Dinky. It will add about 1,500 linear feet of an 8-foot-wide path to link seven major office complexes between U.S. Route 1 and the Princeton Junction train station.

An $82,000 Transit Village grant awarded at the same time will help pay for rectangular rapid-flashing beacons at both the Nash Park crosswalk and Berrien Avenue crosswalk as well as speed warning signs between these two crosswalks.

(You can see details of these projects in resolutions adopted by West Windsor Township Council in July 2021 – PDF pages 23-28.)

What’s next?

When will these projects happen? The reality is that there are always a number of steps that have to be completed before a project can go out to bid and then be built. So don’t hold your breath for these to be wrapped up in 2023.

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