South Jersey Times – WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro announced that the 3rd Legislative District has been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation in partnership with the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization to help make pedestrian safety improvements in Salem County.
The grant, in the amount of $237,000, will be used to make sidewalk, crosswalk and signalization improvements at various locations around schools in Woodstown.
“Making sure that our children can get to school safely every day is a top priority,” said Senate President Sweeney. “The funds from the Safe Routes to School grant will help address necessary improvements in Woodstown near our schools and will help encourage our youth to get a healthy dose of exercise on their way to school.”
“It is crucial that we maintain and upkeep our roads, which age and deteriorate over time, to improve our communities for our residents,” said Deputy Speaker Burzichelli. “The safety of our children who use the roads and sidewalks on a daily basis to go to school is paramount, and we are happy to receive these funds to make the necessary repairs and upgrades.”
“We are always looking for new ways to get kids active and lead a healthier lifestyle, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel,” said Assemblyman Taliaferro. “We can start by providing the very basic infrastructure to get kids moving — safe sidewalks and crosswalks — and encourage them to walk or bike to school, and these funds will help us do just that.”
The New Jersey Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including children with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school safely. The intended goal is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age, while at the same time reducing traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution around schools.