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Jersey City awarded $3.5M for Morris Canal upgrades

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The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to develop part of the Morris Canal into a greenway in Jersey City.

The project will link a route that spans eight miles from Lincoln Park at the Hackensack River to Morris Canal Park at the Hudson River. The Morris Canal stretches across six counties in New Jersey and originally was an iron and coal freight corridor that connected the Delaware and Hudson rivers.

The Morris Canal Greenway Working Group, founded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, aims to develop the route of the canal into a 111-mile continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail.

The project supports the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2026, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a release. 

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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