WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Washington Township was awarded a New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority grant for $808,000 to add and improve approximately 4.1 miles of trails and add a sidewalk along Flocktown Road, according to Washington Township Mayor Matt Murello.
The proposed project is comprised of approximately 9 separate segments of trails and sidewalks. At the Flocktown Road Elementary School, there is currently no sidewalk in front of the school connecting it to the nearby Pheasant Road, Quail Run and Nestling Wood Road, or ADA compliant crosswalks crossing Flocktown Road, thereby cutting off Rock Road, Partridge Lane, and Falcon Lane to safe pedestrian walkability, Murello said.
The proposed improvements will expand a sidewalk to these neighborhoods with curb bump-outs and new crosswalks. Currently, the only pedestrian-friendly connection to Harrington Park is via the existing Patriot’s Path alignment, between Falcon and Partridge Lanes, Murello said.
In addition to resurfacing this alignment with gravel and site clearing operations, two ADA-compliant paths will be added to Falcon Lane and Partridge Lane, which both currently cul-de-sac before entering the park. There are existing paths between these neighborhoods and Harrington Park that will serve as the logical and safe connection, Murello said.
“Thank you to the NJTPA for approving this grant and to the Morris County Park Commission and the Washington Township Board of Education for supporting our application,” Murello said.
“It is still early in this process to estimate when the work on this project will start, but this will be a great addition to the community around the Flocktown/Kossman Schools, the surrounding parks and for everyone in that area, Murello said.