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Margate and Middle Township were among five towns that received grants from the state Department of Transportation totaling more than $1 million.

The grants are part of the 2019 Safe Streets to Transit Program, which provides funds to counties and municipalities to improve safety and accessibility for mass transit riders walking to transit facilities.

Margate received $150,000, and Middle Township received $90,000.

Middle Township’s funds will go toward new sidewalks on Hand Avenue and reconstruction of Fourth Street, Business Administrator Kimberly D. Krauss said.

Margate’s grant will be used to improve the area around Washington and Ventnor avenues, Mayor Michael Becker said.

The program encourages mass transit users to walk to transit stations and facilitates projects that will improve safety within one mile of transit facilities, according to a news release from the DOT.

“Providing sidewalks, safe and convenient ways to cross streets and comfortable and attractive environments encourages walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and reduces roadway congestion,” DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in a statement.

Middle Township’s Hand Avenue project includes installing sidewalks where none exist and removing existing, deteriorating sidewalks along both sides of the street from South Boyd Street to Haman Avenue in Cape May Court House.

The project will provide a continuous, safe sidewalk connection for residents of the age-restricted housing complex and housing communities in the area, Krauss said.

The Fourth Street project includes milling and repaving of about 525 linear feet of road between Route 47 and Rio Grande Avenue in the Rio Grande section of the township.

New sidewalks and curbs will be installed along the western side of the road, and handicap ramps will be installed at driveway and road intersections. Drainage improvements will be made where necessary.

In Margate, the section of Washington Avenue in front of the Wawa has had a temporary roadblock in place for almost 10 years to prevent drivers from turning the wrong way down the one-way street.

Becker said an exact plan has not been designed for the area, but it will create a more permanent solution and improve pedestrian safety.

The other three cities that received grants were Berkeley Heights, Union County, which received $410,000; Delran, Burlington County, which received $250,000; and Red Bank, Monmouth County, which received $100,000.

The New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund funds these grants.

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I report breaking news and cover the local stories at the Press's digital desk. I grew up in South Jersey and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a degree in English.

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