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S. Park Street Construction Project Enters 15th Week

But when will road paving be completed?

 

The much-anticipated $1 million South Park Street redevelopment project entered its 15th week today.

Over the past few days, the sidewalk on the west side of the street has been completed up to the at 14 South Park Street. Handicap ramps on Bloomfield Avenue also have been completed and work has begun on bump-out construction.

This week, that bump-out work will continue on Church Street at the southwest corner (Starbucks) and southeast corner (Chez Renee) intersection of South Park and Church streets. Work may also continue on the curb along the west side of the street, according to an update released by the Township of Montclair today.

But township officials say they still aren't sure when South Park Street will be opened up again to vehicular traffic between Church Street and Bloomfield Avenue.

Indeed, road paving won't begin until the curbing work and bump-outs are completed.

But progress on the overall project has been made.

The South Park Street project contractor has finished the majority of the colored concrete work on the east side of the street. PSE&G has removed street lighting and the Fire Department has installed temporary lighting. All businesses have remained open with pedestrian access provided at all times.

Even so, the project continues to be several weeks behind schedule due to recent weather and utility issues.

The South Park Street project—designed to extend the feel of Church Street all the way to Bloomfield Avenue—was originally expected to be completed by July 1, 2012.

In late May, Township Manager Marc Dashield told township council members that South Park Street most likely would be fully closed—instead of partially closed—for only three weeks.

The street was closed to vehicular traffic on May 29.

The township broke ground in late March on South Park Street streetscape improvements intended to add a new center median, wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, a midblock crosswalk, and roadway resurfacing.

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What do you think of the South Park Street project? Does it look like progress is being made? Let us know in the comments section below.

Cary Africk July 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM
The South Park Street project was originally set for completion by the end of LAST summer so the added value could be taken into account for the reassessment. Thus, it was to be done by October 2011. Numerous problems plagued the project, but I believe the single most responsible cause is the failure of the administration to designate overall responsibility of the project. And it should have been to the design firm, who routinely handles TOTAL responsibility for projects much larger. That includes engineering, contracting, etc. In Montclair we can't even decide who cleans a park or a parking lot, forget about managing construction. The Edgemont Pond project is a prime example of total mismanagement. Given a GRANT so that the project costs Montclair NOTHING we've been unable to even get to the RFP phase after FOUR YEARS. It would take a full length feature story to explain the circus of excuses.
Stuart Weissman July 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
After reading this article, it makes it seem like it's close to opening for vehicular traffic. I drove by South Park this morning and the truth is, it's far from it. Regardless of the number of updates reported.
Michele Bernard July 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I live by and walk past the construction everyday so I see the progress everyday. It looks great. Once completed, this is going to give downtown Montclair a whole new look and well needed too.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I agree with Stuart .. drove by there today .. it appears as though it may be awhile before the street is opened up to cars again.
Gilligan Baines July 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Michele- The Park Street construction will give the town a whole new look?? Why don't all of you wake up and open your eyes! Acknowledge the ridiculous amount of retail vacancies in town for a change. Montclair is starting to look like a ghost town. You want to give the town a whole new look, start by kicking Bill Grabowsky out of town with his stupefying rents and tons of vacant retail spaces THAT WILL NEVER GET RENTED!!! Can't the town do anything to make him rent those spaces, or are we all under his spell? Fill the spaces with interesting and useful businesses that not only the locals will love, but that would attract people from other areas. Who cares about spending $1M to widen a sidewalk- anyway who's paying for it? Isn't the town in debt for over $200MM??
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thanks Cary.

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