By Dylan Maslowski

Revitalizing the city of Camden is always a priority to its government and citizens, and now there is hope to upgrade the city’s transportation system.

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This summer, the city of Camden was awarded $16 million dollars to improve areas between the north of the city as well as downtown. The grant will also fund important repairs to the 7th Street bridge and make improvements to various pedestrian and bicyclist areas at Cooper Poynt park area.  

Announced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker and Congressman Donald Norcross in a press statement, this grant allows for much-needed repairs on its infrastructure.

The funding for the TIGER grant comes from Holtec International, Subaru, American Water as well as the Philadelphia 76ers.

Near Campbell’s field, Liberty Property Trust plans to build a multi-use complex on the 3.4 acre site for use for retail and office space in the coming months.

“There is nothing more important to our nation’s economic future than investing in our crumbling transportation infrastructure,” said Sen. Menendez in the official statement regarding the grant.

“This critical federal investment will help move Camden forward, boost the city’s economy, create good-paying jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.”

As a part of the Camden Connections for the Future Project, this funding will help in the construction of various roads throughout the city as well.

“This is such an important grant award at a tremendous time in Camden’s revitalization,” said Camden Mayor Dana Redd.

“These improvements are not only long overdue but will help Camden prepare for not only current development but additional needs moving forward,” Redd also added.

Dr. Edward Williams, director of planning and development for the city could not be reached for comment.