NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The borough is planning to improve sidewalks on some streets and install sidewalks on others, Council President Robert Munoz said at the March 12 council meeting. The borough has received a Safe Routes to School grant of $462,000 from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The borough does not receive the grant money in advance; instead, the borough will be reimbursed only for the costs that are actually incurred, Munoz told TAPinto.  The council also approved a resolution authorizing Maser Engineering to coordinate the requirements of the DOT to secure the funding. “They will guide us through the procedures for procurement of professional services, contract administration, project management, construction inspection, contract changes, project schedules, progress, and contract completion. This Federal Aid program has very specific requirements,” Munoz explained.  

According to Munoz the sidewalks included in the project are:

  • Hawthorne Drive from Cameron Road to Central Avenue: New sidewalk; ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant curb ramps; curb; crosswalk; and two push-button, solar-powered pedestrian crossing aids and signs will be installed and will primarily serve the east side of the road. 
  • Crane Circle from Jones Drive to Morris Avenue: New sidewalk, ADA-compliant curb ramps, curb, and crosswalk will be installed on the north side of the road. 
  • Central Avenue from Livingston Avenue to Verona Road: New sidewalk, ADA compliant curb ramps, curb, and crosswalk will be installed on the south side of the road throughout this area. 
  • Central Avenue from east of Salem Road to Maple Street: New sidewalk, ADA compliant curb ramps, curb, and crosswalk will be installed on the south side of the road throughout this area. Two push button, solar-powered pedestrian crossing aids and signs will also be installed. 
  • Willow Street from Springfield Avenue to the southern terminus: New sidewalk, ADA compliant curb ramps, curb, and crosswalk will be installed on both sides of the road throughout this area.

Borough Administrator Doug Marvin explained that if the borough uses one of the three state contracted engineering firms for designing these projects there will be no charge to the borough. The council will have the opportunity to review these engineering firms and choosing of the firm will be decided via normal council procedure.