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The following is from a press release issued by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s office.
The Village of South Orange announced today that is has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant under the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program for its ongoing River Greenway Project, a comprehensive plan to connect the northern and southern borders of the Village with a single trail.
Today’s event was attended by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., Village Administrator Barry R. Lewis, Jr., Village President Sheena Collum, River Greenway Committee’s Janine Bauer, Essex County Freeholder President Britney Timberlake, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, and NJDOT’s Debbie Kingsland.
“As a community, we all know how critically important this award is to completing the River Greenway,” said Payne. “South Orange Village is a leader in our state for its commitment to the environment and the promotion of alternative modes of transportation. This grant enables the Village to enhance access to downtown South Orange, reduce our environmental footprint, and increase connectivity within and between Maplewood and the Village Center.”
The grant will help fund the completion of River Greenway, which comprises a 3,600 foot pedestrian path and bikeway that connects the southern border of the Village at Chyzowych Field in Maplewood to Third Street near the South Orange train station in the Village Center. The completed project will add tremendous value to the community through a convenient and efficient transportation alternative and a safe, enjoyable outdoor experience.
The River Greenway Project was one of only 28 projects to receive funding under the Transportation Alternatives Program. The grant is one of the largest, if not the largest, to ever be awarded to South Orange.
In June 2014, Congressman Payne, Jr. authored a letter in strong support of South Orange Village’s grant application.