PROJECT TYPE: Local Government

Barnegat Branch Trail Extension

Borough of South Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Prepared a grant application on behalf of the Borough of South Toms River to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The proposed project involves the acquisition of an easement of a former railroad right-of-way, in order to allow for construction of a bikeway. After the easement is acquired, Ocean County will be able to implement the extension of the Barnegat Branch Trail (BBT) through South Toms River to Toms River Township. The BBT, an Ocean County initiative, is a public, regional “rail-to-trail” project that will extend 15.6 miles from Barnegat Township to Toms River. The former railroad ROW runs along the west side of Route 166 (Atlantic City Boulevard) in South Toms

Because the property is privately owned, the County had decided against pursuing an acquisition of the properties and extending the trail along the former railroad ROW. The most recent county plan was to create bike lane striping to link the trail along either Route 166 or Flint Road, which runs parallel to Route 166. However, recent events have unveiled an opportunity to utilize the former railroad ROW. The extension of the trail will complement a noteworthy streetscape project along the Route 166 corridor and will provide a safe, scenic route for cyclists to travel along Route 166.

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