Potential funding sources include unused Federal earmarks. The Route 29 Boulevard, from Cass Street to North of Calhoun Street (southern section) has an Earmark of $2,771,000 for the feasibility of changing the road from a freeway to an urban boulevard. The northern section of Route 29, from north of Calhoun Street to Sullivan Way, has an additional earmark of $735,000. Neither of these projects are currently listed on the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). An additional earmark of $944,000 is available for trail construction along the Delaware River (See Delaware River Heritage Trail Project). The City of Trenton should work with DVRPC to add these projects to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The City is developing a Waterfront Reclamation and Revitalization Strategic Plan to guide development of this long-term project. As part of that effort, the project was a recipient of a 2017 Grant through the Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI), administered by DVRPC. More information on this Strategic Plan is available on the corresponding action.
Case Study: Harbor Drive – Portland, OR
Harbor Drive is a short roadway in Portland, Oregon, functioning mainly as a ramp to/from Interstate 5. It was once much longer, running along the western edge of the Willamette River in the downtown area. Most of the road was replaced with Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the 1970s. Signed as U.S. Route 99W, it had been the major route through the city and its removal is often cited as the first instance of freeway removal in the USA and as a milestone in urban planning.