workshop, said Walter Lane, supervising planner with the Somerset County Planning Board. “The master plan has served as a guide for the region as the individual communities with the Regional Center have begun to imbed the plan into their own planning documents,” he said.
Strategies within the plan are now being implemented, said Lane, including a $2 million pedestrian bridge over Route 202/206 scheduled for completion this summer that will extend the Peters Brook Greenway. When completed, the bridge will connect the greenway with Clark’s Woods and the Somerset Shopping Center. Lane said the pedestrian bridge is a critical element in the long-term Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway System identified in the master plan to provide bicycle and pedestrian connections to schools and other important facilities within the three Regional Center communities.
With the goal of connecting people and places, the partnership conducted a study to define the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway System and develop a pathway connecting the community centers of Raritan Borough, Somerville, and Bridgewater. The study identified potential bicycle routes, "green corridors," pedestrian-safety hotspots and missing pedestrian linkages; improvements have been proposed to enhance sidewalk,