2010-01-21 / Front Page

DOT awards $810K for Sandy Hook path extension

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th District) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $810,000 for extending the existing Sandy Hook multi-use pathway system from North Beach to Gunnison Beach and Fort Hancock .

This figure includes $475,000 that Pallone secured in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was approved by the president on March 11, 2009.

“This pathway extension will allow park visitors to have access to new areas of Sandy Hook Park, which is one of New Jersey’s most beautiful parks,” Pallone said in a press release announcing the funding. “Since the trail opened, it has been widely popular, and it’s my hope that extending the path will allow even more people to enjoy it.”

Previous improvements to the Sandy Hook path include a 2.1-mile loop in the northern part of the park, and design improvements at two locations along the Phase 1 portion of the trail that had been eliminated due to earlier funding shortfalls. Pedestrians, in-line skaters and people on any kind of non-motorized vehicle may use the five-mile path, which is a safer alternative to using roads within the park, the press release states.

Pallone also secured the $1.8 million in federal funding used to complete phase one of the construction of the pathway, which opened for public use in October 2004.

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