WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Office of Gov. Phil Murphy on Nov. 26 announced that Woodland Park would be receiving a Department of Transportation municipal aid grant award of $484,500 for the McBride Avenue Streetscape - Section 7. This funding, along with three other previous grants, will connect Newby Avenue (near School #1) to Whippany Avenue (across from Carvel).
The streetscape project began in 2017 at Glover Avenue and McBride Avenue and when complete, improvements will be made all along the entire stretch of road to the Little Falls. Work has been completely funded through a series of State and County grants. Work on the remaining phases will be underway in 2020.
Phase 4 of the streetscape - from Ray Avenue on the Little Falls border along the thoroughfare to about the Peckman River bridge - will be underway shortly as well and some businesses along the stretch 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.
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.