presents $1 million to Wall Township
for multi-use bike trail
Township) On national "Bike To Work" day,
Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere today presented
a check for $1 million to the Wall Township for construction
of a multi-use bike trail along NJDOT right of way for
the former Route 18 extension.
path will run through property once slated for the extension
of Route 18. The project was conceived in the 1960s
and property purchased in the early 1970s. It would
have lengthened the highway from its present terminus
at Route 138 in Wall to the Routes 34 and 35 interchange
we work on reshaping the future of New Jersey through
Smart Growth, it's projects like this that will make
a difference in the lives of thousands of year-round
residents and seasonal visitors to the Jersey Shore,"
said Governor James E. McGreevey. "When completed
, this path will allow cyclists to travel from Wall
through Manasquan, a distance of nearly 20 miles, without
using any roads."
Lettiere presented the $1 million check to Wall Township
Mayor Mary Burne.
Growth and smart use our transportation resources means
we must invest in projects that promote alternative
forms of transportation, reduce congestion, clean the
air and preserve the natural beauty of our state. This
project is the embodiment of all the criteria, Lettiere
appeared with State and Local officials, as well as
bicycle enthusiasts, township residents and transportation
advocacy groups for the announcement at the Wall Municipal
terrific that DOT has recognized that Monmouth County
doesn't need a new highway, and is turning this land
into a bikeway that will serve thousands of people each
year," said Janine Bauer, executive director of
the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
Beachem, a Wall Township resident and President of the
New Jersey Alliance for Action, said the bike path will
provide a safe corridor for bicyclists in the Shore
region. "I applaud this decision by the Commissioner
to take property that is not being utilized, and construct
a bikeway that will provide numerous opportunities for
public use," Beachem said. "Not only is the
DOT addressing recreational opportunities, but safety
issues as well. People will now be able to ride their
bicycles from Wall, through Allaire State Park, all
the way to the beach in Manasquan without using roads."
the check presentation were Senator Joseph Palaia, Assemblyman
Steve Corodemus and Assemblyman Sean Kean.
bike path plays a very important role in the lives of
people, especially those in the Shore area, where bicycling
is a popular activity," said Palaia. "This
path will provide and a wonderful recreation opportunity
that will allow people to see the beautiful sites along
Corodemus said the bike path will help showcase the
have always been a proponent of New Jersey's natural
resources and Monmouth County is one of the finest examples
of what we have to offer here in the Garden State,"
he said. "This bike path will allow not only Monmouth
County residents but all New Jerseyans, the opportunity
to enjoy one of America's most valuable treasures. "
Kean, a Wall Township resident and avid runner, predicted
the bike path will attract scores of runners and walkers
as well. "This is a great project," he said.
"I salute NJDOT in their efforts to make this happen."
is National Bike Month. The Commissioner was joined
by members of the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, the Jersey
Shore Touring Society, Bike New Jersey and the Jersey
Off-Road Bicycle Association. Annually, NJDOT spends
more than $7 million dollars on bicycle projects.