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UPDATE: Boulevard Shuts Down for Tree Removal

Tree removal to a section of the Boulevard, from Jefferson up to Hamilton, continues Wednesday. The tree removal is the first step in work that will be done to revitalize the area as part of the ongoing streetscape project.

UPDATE 12:30 a.m. - The Boulevard will be closed from Franklin to Hamilton for most of the day Wednesday as workers remove the trees that line both sides in preparation for the revitalization project which involves the installation of new sidewalks, pavers and lights.

Parking will not be allowed on either side of the street in this area while this work is being done Wednesday.

Trees along the section of the Boulevard from Jefferson to Hamilton were removed on Tuesday. This work to upgrade the two-block section of the Boulevard is part of the borough's ongoing streetscape project.

The area from Franklin to Hamilton will resemble the look of Washington up to Jefferson which was revitalized about two years ago. New trees will be planted when the project is complete.

Borough Engineer Ken Job said Tuesday night concrete work will begin next Monday. Businesses will be able to remain open during this time, Job said.

The borough has from the state Department of Transportation for all four phases of this ongoing project to date.

The borough has also received a fifth grant for future revitalization of the Boulevard from Hamilton up to Walter. Plans to apply for a sixth grant are in the works.

This article was originally published on Tuesday and updated at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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A July 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I think it was a horrible idea.. all the people that were involved in the decision to tear down the trees ruined the town. We use to have a beautiful town and part of that beauty was bc of the trees.. no it looks like just another generic town.. UGLY!! What idiots!
Ricky July 11, 2012 at 07:51 AM
> New trees will be planted when the project is complete<
abc July 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
The boulevard looks very urban and removing the trees was senseless. I hope the town likes looking like Garfield or Lodi. You can't replace mature trees.
K Walters July 17, 2012 at 06:41 PM
the boulevard now looks like bergline avenue in west new york
abc July 19, 2012 at 08:57 AM
The only trees that will be planted will be twigs. The lights will be bigger than the trees. Don't these people in charge realize that you can't replace mature trees? Also, what is the cost to taxpayers? The article here mentions grants, but this was not fully paid with just grants. No one is mentioning this?
Ronn Rotonda July 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Funny someone mentioned Bergenline Ave. Many Hudson County residents "move on up" to Hasbrouck Heights. They will now feel right at home for the 60 or so years that it will take for trees to grow to where they are now.
Ryan N. September 24, 2012 at 04:10 AM
How moronic. How are these things allowed? It will take decades for the trees to look like they did.

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