Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • June 24, 2009 Franklin Lakes Borough to apply for bikeway system grant by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Council has authorized Mayor Maura DeNicola to submit a grant application to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for a $300,000 grant to fund part of a bikeway system within the borough. According to the application, the proposed total bikeway system would be a comprehensive network of interconnecting designated streets and paths that would encourage bicycle use; reduce conflicts involving bicycles, motorists, and pedestrians; and promote bicycle safety. The total length of the system would be 16.5 miles, and would consist of shared use roadways with route signage for bicyclists and warning signs for motorists. Separate bike paths would be constructed in municipal facilities and parks, and the borough plans to expand the existing bike paths located at the municipal complex and athletic fields located on De Korte Drive throughout the borough, eventually linking them to the borough’s reservoir property located at the intersection of High Mountain Road and Ewing Avenue. The plan also calls for a bike path to be constructed throughout the reservoir property including the installation of two prefabricated bikeway bridges. In addition, existing pedestrian walking paths on the reservoir property will be widened to accommodate bicycles. Bicycle parking would be provided at parks, transit facilities, municipal recreational facilities, schools, the municipal complex, and within the central business district. At high traffic intersections, textured pavement crosswalks would be installed to make the crossings more visible to cyclists and motorists, and all drainage inlet grates would be replaced with bicycle-safe grates. The bikeway system would connect the borough’s municipal building, library, and athletic complex on DeKorte Drive, the Franklin Avenue shopping district, the High Mountain Road School, the Franklin Avenue Middle School, the Most Blessed Sacrament School, the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve, the Franklin Lakes Road Mall, and Franklin Lake. A link to the Colonial Road School is planned in the future and due to the estimated cost the project could be completed in phases. In the future, the plans call for the bike path to be extended to the north to connect to the Mahwah and Ramsey bikeway systems. The cost of the total project has been estimated at $795,000 with the borough being responsible for an estimated $70,000 to cover the design. DeNicola has advised, however, that she expects to cover the cost of the design of the project with local grant money. According to Franklin Lakes Borough Engineer Kevin Boswell, no property would have to be acquired for the project, and the borough is not obligated to go forward with the project if it is successful in the grant process. He also advised that Bergen County officials do not have any objection to the project. On some streets, cyclists would share the road with motorists while others would have paved shoulders for bicycles. Streets with parking lanes would have shared use lanes for cyclists and motorists, and there would be bikeway signs posted along those streets to signify that the street is a bikeway route. (continued on page 21) CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FOR ALL YOUR HOME NEEDS � � � ��� � ��� Any Job Over $500 ���� A ALLEVA CONSTRUCTION, INC. C �������������������������������������������� �����  Carpentry  Design & Remodel  Front Steps  Masonry  Kitchens & Bathrooms  Additions/Renovation Ask About Our Handyman Division For All Your Small Home Improvement Needs V i s i t U s A t w w w. a l l ev a c o n s t r u c t i o n .c o m ������������� �������������������� Ridgewood/Hackensack locations Any Job Over $2,000 (at time of estimate, with ad) Residential/Commercial Lic # 13HV00356100 2 0 1 � �4 4 7 � �0 1 2 3 Open the door to a world of natural hearing. Visit our office and try Dual for FREE! Call 201-934-7755 today to learn more. © 2008 Oticon, Inc. All rights reserved. Dual: Engineered for performance, designed for style. Dual is the most advanced hearing instrument on the market today. It helps you move beyond the frustrations of hearing loss, so you can experience life with the clearest, most comfortable and natural hearing possible in any listening situation. � The ultimate combination of state-of-the-art technology with a sleek design you want to wear ��Understand what others are saying in noisy situations � Use the telephone with ease and convenience � Watch TV at the same volume as everyone else It’s a hearing device you’ll really love to wear. 119 Interstate Shopping Center, Ramsey, New Jersey Intersection of Route 17 & Franklin Turnpike ADVANCED HEARING SERVICES, INC. Thomas J. Higgins, BC-HIS*, ACA** Supervising Licence. NJ Hearing Aid Dispenser * Licence # 743 *Board Certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. **American Conference of Audioprosthology