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Ridgewood Safe Routes to School Project

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Village of Ridgewood – NJDOT Local Aid Design Assistance Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Design Assistance Program (Various Locations Throughout the Village) Village of Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey Preliminary Engineering Phase • Public Information Center Village of Ridgewood Municipal Court, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 August 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood will hold a Public Information Center (PIC) to provide local residents and businesses with information on the Ridgewood Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project.

You are encouraged to actively participate by providing comments at the meeting, by mail, or by e-mail.

THE MEETING

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for input on the project. The Public Information Center will be held in person at:

Village of Ridgewood Municipal Court
131 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
August 12, 2021
From 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brief Presentations at 6:05PM and 7:05PM

Please come at a time convenient for you. You will have an opportunity to review exhibits, ask questions and discuss any concerns with Village of Ridgewood representatives and their consultant. Property owners with rental units are advised that tenants are also invited and encouraged to participate.  If you are unable to participate or want to provide comments after the meeting, please visit the Village of Ridgewood website (https://www.ridgewoodnj.net) for information about the project and provide comments no later than August 26, 2021.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The purpose of this project is to support Safe Routes to School (SRTS) safety and access improvements for students who walk and bike to school by connecting and improving sidewalks within the Village of Ridgewood including adding new sidewalk sections, reducing roadway widths to improve crosswalk safety, and installing driver feedback signs in select areas. The project Design and Construction cost is funded by federal funds administered through NJDOT Local Aid Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.

PROPOSED PROJECT LIMITS AND IMPROVEMENTS

The proposed improvements are associated with the following elementary and middle schools within the Village of Ridgewood:

·   Willard Elementary

·   Ridge Elementary

·   Orchard Elementary

·   Travell Elementary

·   Somerville Elementary

·   Hawes Elementary

·   George Washington Middle School

·   Ben Franklin Middle School

Improvements are proposed on portions of the following roads:  Lincoln Avenue, Grove Street, Franklin Avenue, North Monroe Street, West Glen Avenue, East Glen Avenue, Bogert Avenue, Hickory Street, Northern Parkway, and Franklin Turnpike.

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Federal and State regulations pertaining to the protection of cultural resources, referred to, respectively, as the Section 106 and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act processes, require the Village of Ridgewood and NJDOT to take into account the effect of proposed projects upon cultural resources listed on, or eligible for listing on, the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.  These processes require coordination between the NJDOT and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, along with other appropriate consulting and interested parties. Improvements in vicinity of the two following properties are anticipated:

  • Ackerman House, listed on National and State Register
  • Van Dien House, listed on National and State Register

ANTICIPATED PROJECT SCHEDULE:

Preliminary Engineering Completion: Summer 2021
Start Final Design Phase: Fall 2021
Construction 2022

If you should need assistance participating in this meeting or providing comments, please contact:

Chris Rutishauser, P.E., CPWM

Village Engineer / Director of Public Works

Village of Ridgewood

Level 4

131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

P:  201-670-5500, ext. 238

E:  crutishauser@ridgewoodnj.net

2 thoughts on “Ridgewood Safe Routes to School Project

  1. So if this is implemented, we will no longer have to tolerate the helicopter parents blocking traffic at the elementary schools?

  2. We need sidewalks on W. Glen Ave for the Willard kids on the south side of W.Glen ave. Also, we need a safe way for runners and walkers to cross Glen Ave at Heights, Hillcrest, Upper and Alpine. I think of Glen Ave as the great divide, kids who go to Willard but live on the other side of the great divide can’t walk to friends houses or school because crossing Glen Ave is so dangerous.

    Happy to see this might be getting addressed!

    Remember more kids walking = healthier kids and potentially less bussing $$, win/win

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