Collingswood wins grant to improve access to its downtown neighborhood

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 6, 2022

SOUTH JERSEY – Collingswood is one of many communities in Camden County that recently received funding from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors to improve and provide additional, sustainable transportation, the county said.

“We are always looking for ways to improve operational sustainability, reduce our carbon footprint and improve the quality of life for our residents. And receive these funds to improve travel options [Camden] the entire county will help advance this mission in a big way,” said Camden County Commissioner Louis Cappelli Jr.

Some of the grant recipients, the amount of funding they received and what the funding will go to:

  • Gateway To Downtown Collingswood, which will receive $272,000 from the commission’s Safe Routes to School grant program to “create safe and improved access throughout Collingswood, including the downtown business district, community assets and train station PATCO,” the county said.
  • Bellmawr, which will receive $422,000 from the commission’s Safe Routes to School grant program to make improvements to the intersection of Peach Road and Victory Drive in Bellmawr, as well as install traffic signs, strips, crossings for pedestrians, flashing beacon pedestrian warning signs and ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the county.
  • Cross County Connection TMA — a Marlton-based group that advocates driving less and driving safely when driving is a must — which will receive $98,868 in grants from the commission’s Travel Options Program to work with NJ Transit to develop marketing materials to wrap some of the transit company’s buses to raise awareness of New Jersey’s new safe passage law for virtually everyone on the road, the county said.

“Once these [and the other funded] projects are completed, our residents will have a wider

variety of choices when it comes to multi-modal means of travel such as cycling, walking and public transport,” said Cappelli.