Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, who represent parts of Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties, today said the nearly $165,000 state Safe Corridor grant recently awarded to Manalapan and Old Bridge townships will allow officials to move forward with enhanced safety initiatives in high-accident areas along Route 9.
“We are thankful to be able to deliver vital safety improvements that can save lives and protect motorists, passengers and pedestrians along one of the state’s most crash-prone routes,” Thompson said. “Such results are priceless.”
Manalapan will receive $55,147 for safety improvements on Route 9 for a nearly 3-mile stretch of highway fromCraig Road to Covered Bridge Boulevard. Old Bridge will receive $109,542 for more than six miles of road on Route 9 near the Rt. 34 intersection south to Texas Road. Both sections of Route 9 are designated by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) as “Safe Corridor” areas.
“The creation of a safer transportation network for all New Jerseyans must always be one of our priorities as legislators,” said Dancer. “The Safe Corridor Program is an ideal vehicle for making that happen. These two sections of Route 9 are notorious for frequent and severe accidents. This funding will allow us to continue our efforts in making these areas safer for both drivers and pedestrians.”
“The Safe Corridor identified along Route 9 in Manalapan and Old Bridge experiences high amounts of vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” stated Clifton. “The funds allocated by the Christie administration are greatly appreciated as we work to reduce the number of incidents that occur along one ofNew Jersey’s busiest roadways.”
The grants may be used for the installation of enforcement equipment, such as radar and cameras; salaries and overtime for enhanced enforcement personnel, and community safety information.
Dancer, noting that the two grants are part of a total of 55 grants totaling $2 million recently awarded by the Christie administration for the Safe Corridor Program, said the monies for Manalapan and Old Bridge reaffirms the governor’s commitment to investing in the state’s vital transportation infrastructure as it relates to public safety.
The Safe Corridor Program is a part of New Jersey’s “Safety First” initiative which provides for stricter police enforcement, increased fines for unsafe equipment and hazardous driving, and enhanced driver education for all motorists. It focuses on improving safety along the State’s most crash-prone corridors – nearly 130 miles of state roadway.