WOODBINE — The borough has submitted two applications to the state Department of Transportation's Transportation Trust Program, seeking about $800,000, according to Mayor William Pikolycky.

The first application for $250,000 is for the extension of the Woodbine bikeway system from Monroe Avenue just south of Webster Avenue extending south through borough-owned property that is being developed as open space and then east along Sumner Avenue to Heilprin Avenue.

Pikolycky said the extension would lead into and connect with the planned open space-funded recreational area and environmental educational park as well as to the community school site, which includes the Woodbine Library.

The mayor said the new bikeway is part of a plan to connect publically owned sites within the borough to the state's High Point-to-Cape May bikeway system. It also connects to the Belleplain State Forest trail system.

The second application seeks about $550,000 for reconstruction of Sumner Avenue between Heilprin Avenue and Tyler Road, including the installation of stormwater infrastructure to correct recurring flooding problems, Pikolycky said.

The project would be a continuation of the recently NJDOT-funded Heilprin and Sumner Avenue Phase 1 project, which included the balance of work on Heilprin up to Sumner and a small portion of Sumner running west toward Tyler Road.

“Both of these projects continue infrastructure improvements to our community that will enhance the health, safety and welfare of our residents and those who use Woodbine's streets and bike paths, and we hope the applications will be looked upon favorably,” Pikolycky said.

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