Summer 2003, p.15

Support Grows in NJ for GW Bridge to "River Road" Connector Path

An artist's rendering of the proposed River Road connector in Fort Lee, New Jersey which would create safer pedestrian and bicycle access to the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. [Download high resolution media version of this rendering with no text]

This Spring, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and New Jersey State Senator Joseph Coniglio (Fort Lee) endorsed building a half-mile long off-street path between the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path and Henry Hudson Drive (aka River Road) in Palisades Interstate Park.

The path, proposed by T.A., would provide a safe and direct cycling route along Main Street and Hudson Terrace. Currently, the 1,500 bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between the bridge and the park on an average weekend day must endure a blind turn, steep hill and three of New Jersey's most dangerous intersections.

Over the winter, T.A. enlisted more than a dozen transportation, environmental, planning and civic organizations to call on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to work together to build the half-mile path. Now, this coalition aims to increase its ranks and win the support of more New Jersey elected officials.

The Port Authority is planning an $86.5 million addition of a second Palisades Interstate Parkway ramp to the George Washington Bridge. Construction is scheduled to start in the second half of 2004. The River Road connector could be added to this construction contract at very little additional cost.

Write to the Port Authority and the Palisades Interstate Park and urge them to build the greenway:

Joseph Seymour, Executive Director
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
225 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003 

James F. Hall, Superintendent
Palisades Interstate Park Commission New Jersey Section
P.O. Box 155
Alpine, NJ 07620

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Supporters of Path

AAA Club of North Jersey
Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
Bike New Jersey
Central Jersey Bicycle Club
East Coast Greenway Alliance
Hudson River Fisherman's Association
Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
New Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council
Pedestrian Task Force of New Jersey
Regional Planning Association
Transportation Alternatives
Tri-State Transportation Campaign