RED BANK, NJ: Ziad Shehady, Business Administrator, Laura Neumann, Borough Engineer with CME Associates and Cliff Keen, Public Utilities Director made a public presentation last night at borough hall on the new White Street Project Project.
Shehady walked the 25+ attendees in a competent and efficient manner using both a PowerPoint presentation and enlarged posters displaying the project.
CME Associates is the designer and project manager whose responsibilities will include; Request for Proposals (RFP’s), the bidding process and overseeing the construction.
The project began two years ago with the borough being awarded a grant from the NJ Department of Transportation for the re-paving of White Street in the amount of about $200,000. Milling and paving which would add approximately $400,000.
“Where the real expense of this project comes in and what the delay has been, is that we are doing some significant infrastructure improvements,” said Shehady.
These improvements include the replacement of 60 – 65+ year-old sewer lines. Shehady explained that the borough is working with the NJ Infrastructure Bank to obtain lower interest rates and some forgiveness of the principle as well.
Work on the White Street parking lot is in the conceptual phase, with CME providing a design at a later date.
Neumann walked the attendees through the graphic posters saying, “We looked at the width of the roadway and noticed that if we bumped out, just by ten feet, by shifting the sidewalk, we would be able to get angled parking.” This would result in an additional 20 more parking spaces on the south side of White Street (abuts the parking lot), and the parallel spaces would remain across the street. About fifteen trees would be removed and are expected to be replaced with landscaped islands.
Public Utilities Director Cliff Keen provided details on the under-the-road infrastructure saying, “The storm sewer lines are in pretty good condition, the water lines in decent condition, the sewer (line) is not.” Estimated to have been built in the 1930s, and parts made of clay, “It’s time to go. This community went from mostly retail to restaurants, so we have backups all the time.”
Several question from the audience focused on the crosswalks, road closures, management of business access during construction and the “settling period” of the trench when the new sewer line is installed. Regarding the settlement period, Borough Engineer responded, “You want to allow that utility to settle into the ground for approximately 90 days. That roadway will be drivable and passable during that time.”
When asked, “If the birds are singing and the skies are blue,” Neumann offered the following timeline:
- Award the construction contract in May
- Most construction work completed by the end of June
- 90-day settlement period for sewer pipe trench through July, August and September
- Milling and paving in October
The White Street project will use similar landscaping and pavers that were installed in the English Plaza parking lot. “This is going to tie in nicely with the work that the RiverCenter and the borough did with English Plaza,” said Shehady.
To see the picture as White Street exists now, click HERE.
To see the picture the overall improvement of White Street, click HERE.
To see the picture from White Street to Maple Avenue, click HERE
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