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Engineer Reports on Boulevard Project Progress

Work to lay in brick pavers continues this week. New lights will be installed next and trees will be planted late fall or spring, according to the borough's engineer.

The bulk of the construction work to install new sidewalk, pavers and lights to a two-block section of the Boulevard is almost complete.

Borough Engineer Ken Job reported Tuesday the work to lay in the brick pavers was ongoing this week. All was completed over the past few weeks.  

The bases for the new lights have been put in and now it’s up to public service to come in and install them, he said. As for the new tree planting, Job said planting will be done late fall or next spring.

The borough has until Oct. 16 to apply for a sixth grant towards this ongoing project. To date four blocks of the Boulevard have been completed. The first two phases - - was done about two years ago.  Now the section from Jefferson to Franklin to Hamilton is being complete. 

The majority of this project has been funded by grants from the state Department of Transportation. The state has funded Hasbrouck Heights $590,000 to fund the construction of the first four phases. The borough has put in about $160,000 towards engineering and additional costs.

Earlier this year Hasbrouck Heights received approval for a fifth grant towards the next section of the Boulevard from Hamilton to Walter. If Heights is granted approval for the sixth grant it will fund construction work to Boulevard from Walter to Division.

The borough’s goal is to up to the traffic circle at Passaic Avenue. 

abc August 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM
It's not done till the lights are up and the trees are in. This is a waste of money and the old trees provided so much relief and beauty. There was an article in the Observer about a business that is having issues with the project. It's sad the town just wants to rip everything apart and leave it half finished.
Akk617 August 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Can't we do something to stop it? Protest at a town meeting? I actually feel anxious and distressed when I see the newly excavated blocks. Those trees brought beauty and serenity to the Boulevard. Since it's been stripped of the trees and now exposed, the Boulevard now looks bleak and dreary. Was there an abundance of complaints about the sidewalks and trees? Couldn't they rebuild the sidewalks around the trees?
abc August 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I agree with Akk617, the trees could have stayed and the sidewalks could have been repaired. The town would have saved a fortune and kept the beauty of the Boulevard. You can't replace mature trees. Look around in urban areas such as NYC, there is less sidewalk square footage and still some nice sized trees. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done, the trees are gone and so is the beauty of that section of the Boulevard. The town is moving ahead and will continue to ruin the town further. Hopefully they're happy with their decisions and wasteful spending?
Raymond Holmes August 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Why is the sidewalk from Washington Place to Jefferson Ave. straight and even , and from Division to Hamilton on a significant incline, ( from curb to front of buildings) on the west side of the Boulevard? The incline makes walking difficult for older people.
abc August 20, 2012 at 01:09 PM
It's also difficult to walk, shop, wait for a bus, etc. now that the trees are gone as well. Is there any plans to put the benches back at the bus stops? Better yet, they should put the covered benches at the bus stops.

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