Carteret To Begin Street Upgrades On Hermann Avenue

CARTERET—The borough’s Herman Avenue upgrade project has been awarded to F&P Contractors, of South Amboy, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and Councilwoman Iris Colon, Public Works Chairwoman, announced.

The project was first announced last fall, when the borough was awarded a $310,017 grant by the N.J. Department of Transportation to assist with construction costs.

Beginning in July, Hermann Avenue will undergo complete reconstruction, and receive new ADA curb cuts at intersections. Repairs and upgrades will cover over a quarter mile of Hermann Avenue, from Washington Avenue to Clifford Street. In addition to being in a densely populated residential area, Hermann Avenue runs adjacent to Carteret High School and its sports complex. According to Reiman, this portion of the street has been subjected to considerable wear and tear, and upgrades have been long overdue for its pedestrian and handicapped amenities.

In addition to the Hermann Ave improvements, Reiman and the Borough Council have approved the rehabilitation of George Court, Leber Street, and Birch Street as part of a greater ongoing road improvement program.  The estimated total project cost for these improvements alone is $300,000.

Reiman said, “We’ve been looking into the future with many of our capital improvement projects, identifying areas in need and providing comprehensive repairs and enhancements that will last us many years. With this ongoing regimen we hope to address a number of residential areas that are thoroughly travelled by motorists, and making them conducive to walking, running, and cycling. We don’t take for granted that our streets play a significant role in the quality of life of our residents, on a daily basis.”

This portion of Hermann Avenue’s repairs will include reconstruction of the roadway, replacement of existing curbs with new concrete curbs and gutters, replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, upgrades for all handicap ramps, and inlet repairs.

The total estimated construction cost for this portion of the project is $368,644. Construction is expected to be complete by fall.

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