Morris Canal Greenway To Have Bike Lanes

County receives a grant to install bike lanes, walking path improvements to proposed greenway in Clifton and Paterson.

Bicycle riders will have more space to participate in the activity soon.

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $530,000 grant to create bike lanes and improve walkways along the proposed Morris Canal greenway in Clifton and Paterson.

The Greenway is a proposed 25-mile long walking and cycling path along the former Morris Canal, part of which is slated to run through Wayne. The purpose of the project is to preserve and restore open space and create safe recreational opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists.

A hike of the Wayne portion of the canal from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday Aug. 5.

The grant will add eight miles of bicycle paths and pedestrian safety improvements to the Greenway, including sidewalk upgrades.

County officials approved the greenway project in 2011.

“These funds will allow for the completion of a greenway trail, providing safe recreational opportunities for local residents and families,” said Freeholder Director Pat Lepore.

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Nose Wayne August 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
THANK YOU PASSAIC COUNTY !!!! We need more bicycle and walking trails on what little space is left in this county.
Scondo August 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Nose, I am still waiting for the bike path that was to run from the Mtn View Train station up to River Dale, everytime I ask what happened I get treated like personna non grata. I heard that the million dollar studies on what kind of park benches to install and what kind of light poles and trash recepticles to use put the project out of reach. I heard they could have build it with the money they spent on consultants and that because of the political spending River Dale dropped out. I know it was a Morris County project, but it would have run partially through Wayne. It would have been nice. what happened ?
Scondo August 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Passaic County remains the only county in NJ without a dedicated multi use trail.
Nose Wayne August 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Was suppose to run along the vacant train tracks,several bridges that cross roads and rivers like the one down by Haul Road are in bad shape due to neglect. Don't NOSE if they will ever fix them up to use for the path.
YGBFKM August 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
And...portions run through FLOOD ZONE! You know, where they spend MORE MILLIONS on studies. As far as bridges and other 'disrepair' it goes to show that those with these great ideas have NEVER been on site OR walked the river to SEE the problem(s)! DISGUSTING.......................


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