WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Borough officials officially broke ground on the McBride Avenue Streetscape Project - Phases 5 & 6 on June 25. These phases will connect Newby Avenue (near School #1) to Dowling Parkway (at the clock tower).
The NJ Department of Transportation has awarded the Borough two grants for these work efforts in the amount of $575,000 for Phase 5 and $351,000 for Phase 6. Borough officials send their appreciation to Gov. Murphy, State Sen. Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Kevin J. Rooney for their continuous support in securing these grants.
The streetscape project began in March 2017 at Glover Avenue and McBride Avenue and when complete, improvements will have been made all along the entire stretch of road in town. Work has been completely funded through a series of State and County grants.
Phase 4 is also underway, from Ray Avenue on the Little Falls border along the thoroughfare to past the Peckman River bridge. Some businesses along the stretch are contributing to their portion of the streetscape, including the Woodland Park Range and the redeveloper of Kearfott, which Mayor Keith Kazmark said has agreed to pick up the costs of entire length of streetscape along their property.
Phase 7 will finish the work from Dowling Parkway to around Whippany Avenue (across from Carvel).
“2020 will certainly be the year in which the most significant portions of this project are constructed, something we have been working toward for over 20 years,” Mayor Kazmark said.
The goal of the streetscape project is to make the thoroughfare safer, smoother, more business friendly, pedestrian friendly. Improvements include Americans With Disabilities Act compliant barrier-free curb ramps, detectable warning surfaces, decorative brick pavers, decorative lighting, new street signs, new driveway aprons, trash and recycling receptacles and planters.