BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Catch up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series. In a recent edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about the commencement of a project funded by the Safe Routes to Transit Grant.

Berkeley Heights was the recipient of the Safe Routes to Transit grant from the State of New Jersey in the amount of $410,000 in April 2019. Berkeley Heights was one of five projects awarded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Division of Local Aid and Economic Development.

This matching grant was spearheaded by Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley. The project includes money to be used to expand and improve its sidewalk network and crosswalks in the area surrounding the train station – including sidewalks on Plainfield Ave, Roosevelt Avenue – and to improve connectivity to the south of the train station. The program will also increase the walkability of the area surrounding Columbia Middle School. The overall goal of the SSTT is to increase the number of people walking, instead of driving, to the train station, which will help alleviate parking issues downtown, reduce the township’s environmental footprint, and get more residents walking.

"We had two years to actually award a contract to somebody who is going to come in and do the sidewalk work," said Mayor Angie Devanney. The global pandemic naturally delayed the project. "It didn't really make sense for the Township to start that kind of work and to expend those funds, because we had the 0% increase in the municipal budget last year," she said. "So we really had until early April to award the contract to the vendor -- and we did that on Tuesday at the council meeting."  The work will "probably start in June."

Click video for full discussion on the topic in addition to discussion on bulk pick up.

Related articles: Berkeley Heights Receives Largest Safe Streets to Transit Grant in New Jersey, published April 9, 2019;  Breaking News: Berkeley Heights Sets Bulk Pick Up Schedule, published April 7, 2021.

Berkeley Heights Weekly COVID-19 Numbers as reported by Mayor Angie Devanney:

There have been 68 new cases reported in Berkeley Heights since 4/1/2021 for a total of 1,222 since onset of pandemic. There are 51 active cases in the Township.  

Saturday: 9 new community cases reported; 51 active cases, 10 from Vulnerable Population Institute cases.

Friday: 5 new community cases; 50, active cases (+5 from Thursday), 9 from Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases;

Thursday: 6 new community cases; 45 active cases (no change from yesterday),7 from Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases;

Wednesday: 8 new community cases; 44 active cases (no change from yesterday), 7 from Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases

Tuesday: 4 new community cases; 44, active cases (no change from yesterday), 7 from Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases

Monday: 2 new community cases; 44, active cases (no difference from yesterday due to recoveries), 7 from Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases

Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for latest COVID-19 updates.