Morris Canal Greenway

In operation between 1831 and 1924, the Morris Canal stretched over 100 miles across New Jersey connecting the coalfields of northeastern Pennsylvania with northern New Jersey’s iron industry, major industrial cities, and the New York City markets. The segment of the Morris Canal in Jersey City linked the Hackensack River to the Hudson River and served as the Eastern terminus. Starting in 2012, regional stakeholders commenced an effort to create a continuous greenway route that follows the original canal path. This vision has been realized through the Morris Canal Greenway that proposes a 111-mile continuous pedestrian and bicycle path along the alignment of the historic Morris Canal that stretches across six counties in northern New Jersey. For more information on the regional Morris Canal Greenway initiative, please visit Morriscanalgreenway.org.

In Jersey City, the full greenway segment stretches 8.5 miles through the southern half of the City. To construct the first phase, Jersey City was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the NJ Dept. of Transportation for construction of four on-road and off-road segments (3, 5, 10, 11) of the Morris Canal Greenway pedestrian and bicycle path (Click here to view segments  3, 5, 10, 11). When completed, the eight-mile segment located within Jersey City will offer open space and recreation options and improved connections between the City’s many neighborhoods. The grant will fund improvements including new curb ramps, crosswalks, sidewalk reconstruction, lighting, landscaping and green infrastructure, signage, bike lanes, roadway repair, etc. 

Public Notice

In an effort to advance the implementation of the Morris Canal Greenway and improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers on our streets, we are considering design changes on various streets in Jersey City, including the following locations: 

  • Garfield Avenue, from Merritt Street to Seaview Avenue
  • Merritt Street, From Avenue C to Garfield Avenue

The City is seeking your input before finalizing the plans and advancing this project. The designs for these segments have been uploaded below. Please submit any comments by November 6, 2020 by emailing cityplanning@jcnj.org or contacting the Division of Engineering, Traffic and Transportation at (201) 547-4411.

Merritt Street
Merritt Street Public Notice
Merritt Street Design

Garfield Avenue
Garfield Avenue Public Notice
Garfield Street Design (Existing) (Proposed)

Online Public Meeting

If you were unable to join the Virtual Public Meeting on Thursday, July 23rd, please use this link to view the meeting recording. Results from meeting polls can be found here.
Please send any comments or questions about the Morris Canal Greenway Project to cityplanning@jcnj.org.

Project Documents

Morris Canal Greenway Public Meeting Presentation
Morris Canal Greenway Final Plan
Morris Canal Greenway Segments
Phase 1 Segments Overview
Morris Canal Greenway Public Meeting Polling Results

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