Margate was awarded a $371,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety and implement a bike path near its two schools, officials announced Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization announced awards of almost $2.1 million in Safe Routes to School grants in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Salem counties.

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Margate received the Southern Jersey Transportation Planning Organization grant for a pedestrian-safety bikeway project.

Many children walk or bike to school every day.

A school-travel plan for Margate, sponsored by the DOT in 2015, suggested bikeways at Winchester and Monmouth avenues near William H. Ross Elementary School and Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.

The grants provide federal funding to local governments to improve pedestrian safety near kindergarten through eighth-grade schools. The Safe Routes to School program encourages children to walk and bike to school.

The Tighe and Ross schools were recognized in May for their participation in Safe Routes to School.

Contact: 609-272-7286 lcarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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