LYNDHURST, N.J. -- Smoother roads are around the corner for Lyndhurst residents.
Phase One of the Public Works Department’s Roadway Improvement Project got under way in July, focusing on:
• Chase Avenue between Valley Brook Avenue and Fern Avenue;
• New York Avenue between Summit Avenue and Ridge Road;
• New Jersey Avenue between Newark Avenue and Millburn Avenue;
• Lake Avenue between Stuyvesant Avenue and Riverside Avenue;
• Jay Avenue between Tontine Avenue and Lake Avenue.
"Back in 2009 to 2012, we did a very aggressive water main project where all of the streets were disrupted," Commissioner of Public Works Matthew Ruzzo said.
The goal now, he said, is "to try and finish these streets."
The project, funded through grants from Bergen County and New Jersey Department of Transportation, primarily involves resurfacing -- but that doesn't mean reconstruction won't be done.
"When we did the water main project it included lots of trenching," Ruzzo said. "There is no way to put the street back together. We rehabilitated the best we could but it's time for an overhaul."
The project also includes new handicap-accessible ramps at each intersection, in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Curbs, storm water retention basins, sidewalks and driveway aprons are also being replaced as needed.
The project is expected to finish up by mid-October, with new maple trees planted along the roadside. Phase 2 is due to begin next spring.
"That will pretty much bring the neighborhood back to life," Ruzzo said.
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