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South Park Street Project Delayed

Street to be completely closed for about three weeks.


Township Manager Marc Dashield said Tuesday night that work on the $1 million South Park Street redevelopment project will be delayed by at least three weeks due to a variety of factors.

He also noted that the street itself most likely will be fully closed—instead of partially closed—for three weeks as well.

"As you all are well aware, construction projects always run into problems," Dashield said at Tuesday night's township council meeting. "And we've run into a number of problems on South Park Street. At this point the project will be delayed we know by at least at a minimum of three weeks."

Dashield said the delay is due to the recent gas main break, as well as to the recent rain, not to mention a PSE&G transformer that has fallen on top of a culvert.

A gas main that was damaged late last month forced the closure of South Park Street as well as Church Street for several hours.

"We may have to close the street fully for three weeks in order to move this project forward," Dashield said.

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.

For background on the project, go

Right of Center May 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Hopefully there will be some businesses remaining on the street when the project is done. Since there was no contingency planning built into the budget, expect this to cost 2 million when its done. Congratulations, everyone.
james parkinson May 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
As a taxpayer and a resident of The Siena, as well as having extensive experience in NYC construcion, I'm not at all surprised. Dismayed and horrified would be apt though. This town has had absolutely no oversight on this project, except the salaries paid to the two or three Montclair policemen to stand by all day, while the two or three workmen work a few hours a day. Even the contractor's men seem to be eating at the municipal trough. It never ends in Montclair. Does it ?
Crafty Spiker May 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Wow! Yet another "Montclair fails ... film at 11" moment. It seems that we are in constant disgrace.
mark haefeli May 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
An absolute waist of money and horrendous decision to begin with...are scissor designed brick walk-ways attracting more...what? This is so typical of this town...if you throw enough money at it...it still won't work. I have been living on the south side for over twenty years and it has been twenty years of failed attempts at driving retail traffic to downtown...a promenade is not going to do it Mr. Dashield...ya mean to tell me that with all of the civil engineers that were involved, they could not see this forthcoming? Nice work planning board...BTW, i have never seen more then four people at a time working at the location. Where is the oversight committee? Do we have one?
Cary Africk May 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Rather than let the design firm have oversight of the entire project, the town manager decided to divide responsibility up to the town engineer, her subcontractors, outside engineering firms, etc. Given the age of the streets, none of what has been found in terms of subsurface conditions is a surprise. Given other projects in Town, this one is "tame." As to the time to completion? The Montclair Connection took 72 years. And the way things are going with Edgemont Pond, it might be similar. Construction, and planning for that matter, is "not our thing."
Stuart Weissman May 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Unless what it is you are planning is important to the council. Such as complete streets, bike lockers or Chinese cultural exchanges.
A. Gideon May 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
"Given the age of the streets, none of what has been found in terms of subsurface conditions is a surprise." So the delays aren't unexpected? This is all part of the planned schedule? It's odd use of the word "delayed", though. What about "cost overruns"? None of those will be a surprise either? "Construction, and planning for that matter, is "not our thing."" So why are we doing it, then? Why wasn't this project given instead to a consortium of the property owners/developers/businesses that will accrue the most benefit. The town should have been a participant too, of course, but merely one of several. ...Andrew
Paine May 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Andrew --- Plofker was organizing the property owners to help out, but the town council didn't take advantage of the support. The project will probably turn out nice, but the BID really should have led the effort with support from the town. There could have been a direct revenue component to this project, but politicians usually don't think in those terms. More the reason the business community should have taken the lead. What would Stolar and Plofker have done?
frank rubacky May 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
4/20/11 Montclair SPARK RFP (partial excerpt): "The consultant shall develop an engineering report that includes the following: • Perform a physical inspection of approximately 120 linear feet of culvert walls and roof. • Prepare recommendations for reconstruction or replacement of the culvert and/ or culvert roof as necessary; depending on the outcome of the inspection task. 5/23/12 Montclair Times: "Then it was discovered that PSE&G has a transformer that on top of one of the township's culverts, Dashield told the council." I have no idea what happened between these two events.


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