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Pedestrian Bridges For Eatontown's Route 35, 36 Proposed

EATONTOWN: A member of the borough council has said that he would like to see pedestrian footbridges created over Route 35 and 36.

"Those are two of the widest stretches of highway where you don't really have any real good access," Eatontown Councilman Richard Robinson said during the Oct. 28 meeting.

Robinson said he would like to see one constructed on Route 35 south of the Monmouth Mall and another on Route 36 "in the vicinity of the Best Buy plaza."

He said the footbridges would encourage pedestrian foot traffic between different areas of the borough.

"While we are blessed with major highways coming through, they also cut off sections of our borough from others," he said.

He said the newer condo developments on both sides of Route 35, Mill Pond and Easton Landing, and that people who live there have to drive to any local business instead of being able to bike or walk.

Robinson called for "some rudimentary investigation" with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration through the borough's engineering firm, T&M Associates. He said grants may be available to allow the construction of the bridges to take place

The council agreed with the idea and will investigate it further.

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