Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Morris, Sussex and Warren counties are partnering to sponsor a workshop later this month on how to make roads that are safer and more accessible.

A “Complete Streets” Workshop will be conducted Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterloo Village in Byram Township.

Planners from the three counties said a movement is growing across the country to “complete” the streets and make them safer, more accessible and easier for everyone, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation, which in turn will make a community a better place in which to live.

The workshop will provide municipal and county officials with information on planning for such streets in both suburban and rural areas. The workshop will explain that while a “complete street” in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area, both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.

The workshop will feature actual and case studies from a county perspective, a presentation from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and information addressing liability to counties and municipalities.

Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants, and the registration deadline is March 15. A $10 fee includes a “box supper” and handouts, and should be made by check payable to the Sussex County League of Municipalities, and mailed to P.O. Box251, Newton, N.J., 07860.

For questions and further information contact Eric Snyder, Director, Sussex County Planning Dept., at 973-579-0500 x 5.

The Sussex County YMCA and the NJDOT are also partnering in this event.