SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local traffic delays are expected over the next six weeks as Veterans Memorial Drive West between Bridge Street and Mountain Avenue will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for pedestrian safety improvements.

Work is expected to begin Monday, April 10.

Topline Construction, a local contractor has been awarded the $222,757 contract, according to Mayor Brian Gallagher.

Work will include excavation, handicap ramps, sidewalks, and installation of center islands between lanes of traffic and a pedestrian signal, which should improve safety in the vicinity of the NJ Transit train station, according to Gallagher.