Construction has resumed along the Boulevard as work to install brand new crosswalks at some of the intersections began Monday.
The work is part of the borough's ongoing Boulevard revitalization project. The finishing touches are being put in to the new crosswalks at Hamilton, Franklin and Jefferson this week.
Motorists should take note of some minor detours during this time as police had the Boulevard shut between Hamilton and Franklin most of the day Monday as workers finished installating crosswalks at those two intersections.
The areas were paved with blacktop about two weeks ago and now workers are covering it with a thermoplastic material that is then molded and shaped to resemble bricks. This material is said to last longer than regular bricks.
By mid-afternoon Monday it looked as though most of the work at Hamilton and Franklin was complete. The crosswalk at Jefferson was not done as of Monday afternoon.
This is the last major construction component of this current phase of the Boulevard streetcape project, a revitaliziation of the borough's downtown area. Recently new sidewalks, pavers, streetlights and trees were put in between Hamilton and Jefferson avenues. Prior to this current phase the section between Washington up to Jefferson was done.
The construction is funded by state Department of Transporation grants. The borough funds the engineering and additional costs. To date the borough has received five grants, one for each block of the Boulevard which has been revitalized. The fifth grant will be used towards revitalization of the next step in the project - Hamilton to Walter - which is expected to begin next year.
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