NEWTON, NJ Construction on Newton’s much anticipated one way road project is set to begin on Monday, July 20, according to a statement released by Newton Town Manager Thomas S Russo, Jr.  While Spring Street is to be the focus of the construction, the “first part of the project will take place on Trinity for the placement of two new traffic light signals.  The signal locations are at the intersection of Moran Street and Trinity Street and the intersection of Union Place and Trinity Street,” according to the statement.

The signals will be put in place for the one-way on Spring Street and to help with traffic concerns stemming from accidents and also for pedestrian safety. 

Once the lights are installed the next phase of the project will be to upgrade sidewalks between Moran Street and Union Place, making them ADA compliant.  Trinity Street will then be milled and paved.  This project is tentatively expected to be completed by October 1, 2015, according to Russo. 

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The Spring Street construction is expected to begin on July 27, starting with New Jersey Department of Transportation re-striping around the square.  This will eliminate the right turn lane onto Spring Street.

At the intersection of Route 206 and Spring Street and Madison and Spring Streets bump-outs will be created.  These are to “provide pedestrian safety when entering the crosswalks.”

Spring Street will be milled and paved.  Then the crosswalks, “a focal point for pedestrian safety,” will be constructed.  The crosswalks will be constructed using concrete headers and bricks.

In addition, pavers with a decorative “N” will be installed in front of the Fire Museum to be a gathering place for events throughout the year, “such as Newton Day, Memorial Day Parade, Taste of Newton and Holiday Parade,” says the statement. 

This project is expected to add 20 new parking spaces on Spring Street between Madison Street and Rt 206.

The Parking Authority has approved free paring in Adams Lot #1, Central Plaza Lot #4 and Eastern Plaza Lot #5 from July 13, 2015 through September 11, 2015, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. This was part of the disucssion at a town council meeting this spring.  The manager said he would bring the request to the Parking Authority.

The statement says, “Individuals are asked to take advantage of this free parking and continue to patronize the fine dining establishments and boutiques found on Spring Street.” 

“The Town is making a significant investment in Spring Street and Trinity Street both for pedestrian access and public safety,” stated Russo. “We thank residents, business owners and visitors for their patience during these critical infrastructure projects and look forward to the timely and successful completion of same.”