Construction continues on the west side of South Park Street, with all remaining sidewalk work to be completed by the end of this week, according to an update on the redevelopment project released by township officials today.
The bumpout in front of Starbucks will be completed by midweek. Sidewalk work on the east side by Karl's Appliance Store should also be finished by the end of the week.
South Park Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic between Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street for at least two more weeks (through the end of July). Project completion is now estimated to be about four weeks away (mid-August), assuming there are no further utility issues or significant weather delays.
This is good news for all those who have been keeping a close eye on the much-anticipated $1 million South Park Street redevelopment project, which entered its 16th week today.
Over the past few weeks, 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.
Although progress has been made, 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 October 2011 and then 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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