POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Borough of Point Pleasant Beach held an open house meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8 to present to the public plans for a roadway revitalization project aimed at improving both the safety and aesthetics of the Channel Drive corridor.
The project, which is solely focused on roadway enhancements to Channel Drive, is to be funded in large part by a $1 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation [DOT]. The plan is being spearheaded by members of the borough administration alongside members of the engineering firm STV based in Lawrenceville.
“We applied for this grant back in 2020,” said Point Beach’s Quality of Life Director Kristen O’Rourke. She told The Ocean Star some details of the grant, which is part of the NJDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program.
The competitive program provides federal funds for non-traditional transportation projects, such as the proposed Channel Drive revitalization, which centers around pedestrian safety.
“We asked for a million dollars to do streetscaping, crosswalks, street furniture and some minimal stormwater improvements; a couple drains here and there,” she said. “But the main focus is on transportation alternatives, so it’s non-motorized [modes of transport]—pedestrians, bicycles. Everything will be ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act]-compliant, which will be great.” Ms. O’Rourke also said that the borough had applied for additional municipal aid funding to pay for project items like milling which are not covered by the NJDOT grant.
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