TRENTON, NJ – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has approved a $5,309,800 grant reallocation to the City of Trenton for improvements to South Warren Street and Market Streets.
The grant is from the Commission’s $40 million Compact Authorized Investment (CAI) program, which provides funding to local municipalities for transportation-related improvement projects within the Commission’s Pennsylvania/New Jersey river-region jurisdiction. The goal of the grant program is to ease congestion and improve traffic conditions on and around the Commission’s bridges and approach roadways.
“The commission created this grant program to fund needed transportation improvements in local communities that host our bridges,” said Frank G. McCartney, Executive Director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. “This project developed by Trenton is designed to improve pedestrian safety, reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for area residents.”
The grant would be used to finance the Market and South Warren Streets Boulevard Project. The undertaking would consist of pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements on Warren Street from the Lafayette Square Marriott to the Route 1 and on Market Street from Route 29 to Mercer Street. Under the city’s plans, the intersection of Warren and Market streets would be reconstructed and a roundabout would be constructed at the intersection of Livingston and Warren Streets. Traffic signals along Warren and Market streets would be reviewed and retimed to allow for more efficient progression of traffic along these routes.
The grant is a reallocation of an earlier $5,309,800 award that the Commission approved in September 2005. The original grant was to be used to reconstruct South Warren Street through the Justice Center parking lot to the Commission’s Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge. But the city abandoned that project in the fall of last year.
Trenton officials say the newer boulevard project, which has been in development for a number of years, could be completed sooner than the previous project.