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Brick Hoping Grant Will Fund Bike Trail Expansion

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Brick officials have big plans for a major bike trail in town if grant money comes through.

The township, last week, formally applied for state funding that would expand the Airport Tract bike trail from Cherry Quay to Hooper Avenue, a major expansion for bicycle riders in town.

“We just want to make our community a little safer, and a little better for bicyclists so you don’t have to drive your car across town,” said Council President Susan Lydecker.

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The Airport Tract trail has received a number of state grants in recent years to fund its expansion. Last year, the township awarded a $168,623 contract through the state’s Bikeways program to extend the trail to the Seawood Harbor neighborhood, as well as provide additional path openings along the trail. The section covered under last year’s expansion called for the trail to run along Saint Lawrence Boulevard, Holly Avenue, Nokomis Avenue and Knoll Crest Avenue.

At the time township officials said the ultimate goal of the trail is to continue it all the way to the ocean, incorporating the Mantoloking Bridge into the overall trail route.

The 273 acre Airport Tract was purchased by the township in 1998, according to the Brick Township Historical Society.

The bike trail is one of two in town. In the northern portion of the township, the Sawmill Tract bike trail connects Burnt Tavern Road with Brick Memorial High School, then Colorado Park, Havens Farm, Sawmill Pond and Sawmill Creek.