Lyndhurst residents may have begun to feel some smoother roadways and seen some roadside improvements, all part of Phase One of Public Works Department’s Roadway Improvement Project.
“The crews have been extremely busy making improvements, and not just cosmetic, quick fixes,” said Public Works Commissioner Matthew Ruzzo. “We are resurfacing but in areas where roads need to be reconstructed, we are doing that too. Our efforts are for long-lasting results, rather than just simply putting on a two-inch overlay, these improvements should last 25 years or more.”
In additional to resurfacing and reconstruction where necessary, the project also includes new handicapped accessible ramps at each intersection created in strict compliance with Department of Transportation, Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
“Curbs are being replaced as needed as well as storm water retention basins, sidewalks and driveway aprons,” said Ruzzo. “And of course new road striping and we’ll be planting new trees along the way.”
The commissioner added that the project, which began around July 6, is expected to finish up by mid-October with Phase 2 set to begin in the spring of 2016.
Ruzzo explained that many township roads were in need of attention due to water main and gas line work, and others simply due to age.
“Upgrading and maintaining our infrastructure such as our roadways, water lines and sewer lines is essential to the growth and well-being of our community,” said Ruzzo.
Phase One of the DPW Roadway Improvement Project is expected to include:
• Chase, between Valley Brook and Fern
• New York, between Summit and Ridge
• New Jersey, between Newark and Millburn
• Lake, between Stuyvesant and Riverside
• Jay, between Tontine and Lake