The Irvington Avenue corridor will be improved so it is more pedestrian friendly thanks to $1 million in funding from Essex County, according to the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Under the Irvington Avenue Streetscape Project, several changes are coming to the corridor which is lined with businesses and located in South Orange, Maplewood and Newark.

The project is part of the county’s initiative to improve infrastructure and make roads in the county safer for pedestrians and motorists. The Village of South Orange’s Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee spearheaded the idea for the project.

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“The Irvington Avenue streetscape improvements will improve the flow of traffic and modernize a busy commercial and residential thoroughfare in three of our municipalities,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. in a press release about the project.

Improvements include new lighting, renovating the sidewalks, and improving public spaces. There will also be a bike route put in place that will run through all three municipalities. A new destination point will be created called “Maplewood Corners,” where Irvington and Parker Avenues meet.

“County Roads such as Irvington Avenue are vital to the fabric of our communities,” said Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Brendan Gill in a press release about the project.

It is important to ensure that these roads are passable from a traveling perspective, and we must also make sure they are aesthetically pleasing and welcoming to businesses, their patrons, residents and visitors alike,” Gill said.