Arnold GodoyFeb 8, 2018, 12:44 pmFeb 8, 2018, 3:08 pm

$6.2M federal grant geared for road safety improvements in Paterson and Clifton

Money will also be used for new high visibility crosswalks and updates to traffic signals

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PATERSON — Passaic County has been awarded $6.2 million that will be shared between the cities of Paterson and Clifton. The money will be used to make safety improvements along three roads.

In Paterson those changes will be made along Market Street. The improvements will stretch between Spruce Street and Madison Avenue.

In the city of Clifton, changes will be made on Allwood Road between Hepburn Road and Passaic Avenue. Changes will also be made on Clifton Road from Allwood Road to Van Houten Avenue.

The federal grants will also be used for new countdown signals, high visibility crosswalks, and updates to traffic signals. The work will also aim to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians by adding curb extensions and reducing the number of travel lanes.

According to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, these roads are some of the most dangerous with high numbers of pedestrian-involved accidents. On Market Street in Paterson, there were 24 incidents reported between 2009 and 2013. However, none of those pedestrians involved were killed.

Reports say the project will begin with engineering studies. Officials have not yet said by when work is expected to be completed.

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