Roadwork on Boulevard Begins

New crosswalks are being put in this week at the intersections of Franklin, Jefferson and Hamilton as part of the streetscape project.

Work started Thursday to put in news crosswalks at three intersections along the Boulevard, the last major construction in this current phase of the Boulevard streetscape project.

Drivers can expect some delays or possible detours in the area while work is being done this week. Signs alerted drivers Thursday to the milled roadway and raised manholes on the Boulevard at Franklin, Jefferson and Hamilton avenues.

The new crosswalks will resemble the ones at Washington and Kipp which were put in about two years ago when the Boulevard project first began. They are made of a plastic substance that is molded and shaped to resemble bricks but the material is said to hold up against weather conditions better than real brick would.

This phase of the Boulevard revitalization begain over the summer with the installation of new sidewalks, pavers, lights and new trees to a two-block section from Franklin up to Hamilton. It's part of an ongoing project which began about two years back predominantly funded through state grants. 

Although the crosswalk installation is the last major construction part of this project, new benches will also be put in. No specific timeframe has been given.

Grant funding for the next step in the project - from Hamilton to Walter - has been received and work could be expected to begin next Spring.

The borough plans to continue to revitalize the Boulevard going south towards Passaic Avenue and a portion of the north section provided grant funding from the state is available to pay for construction costs. The borough picks up the tab for engineering and any additonal costs.

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