WESTFIELD, NJ — Work on the intersection of Elm Street and East Broad Street continues this week. Although some lanes and parking spaces are closed, the intersection is open to traffic.
The more than $450,000 project is being funded by the state and carried out by the county, Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained at a recent town council conference meeting.
“It’s a big job. I think it’s going to be a safety improvement and an aesthetic improvement, as well,” Gildea said.
The project includes creating new sidewalk aprons on all four corners to shorten the distance pedestrians have to walk in crosswalks. New lights will be timed better with the traffic light on Central Avenue and Elm Street as well as Elm Street and North Avenue to improve traffic flow, the and the lights will have pedestrian countdowns to let people know how much time they have to cross.
Skoda Contracting is on the site this week for Elizabethtown Gas, which is getting its own projects done before the area is re-paved.
“That’s some nice coordination,” Gildea said. “The last thing we want to do is have a nicely paved downtown and have them rip it up again.”
Bruce Garrett, a liaison for Skoda, said he is hopeful that their work will be finished by Friday so that Union County can begin to repave the street.
Garret said he is on-site daily, making sure street parking spots re-open as quickly as possible and addressing the concerns of downtown business owners, who are welcome to call or text him at 973-418-9511.