CARTERET — Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and Councilman Dennis DiMascio, Public Works Chairman, have announced that the 2nd phase of Carteret’s Herman Avenue upgrade project has been awarded to S. Brothers General Contracting of South River.
Beginning in July 2009, Hermann Avenue underwent complete reconstruction, and received new ADA curb cuts at intersections. Repairs and upgrades covered 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.
Hermann Avenue is one of many local roads to receive upgrades in the last few years. Damaged streets that are also some of the town’s most traveled roadways have been target areas in a selection process that has accounted for over $2 million in improvements since 2007 alone. In 2008, Reiman announced that $910,000 in funding would be applied to the resurfacing of Carteret Avenue, Sharot St., Willow Street, and Charlotte St.
Phase II of Hermann Avenue upgrades will consist of the reconstruction of portions of Hermann Avenue and Romanowksi Avenue in Central Carteret. The project limits on Hermann Ave are from Washington Avenue to Whittier Street and on Romanowski from Whittier Street to Lowell Street.
All road improvement costs are being funded by an NJDOT State Aid Grant the Borough received from the State in 2009 in the amount of $485,000. Improvements will include full depth pavement reconstruction, new curbing along with sidewalk and driveway apron repairs where necessary. New handicapped ramps will be installed at all street corners in the project area. Improved drainage will be made possible through stormwater and sanitary sewer system upgrades and sanitary sewer system lining.
The project will begin in early August with completion estimated for mid-October.
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 traveled 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.”
“Hermann Avenue is a major thoroughfare with its immediate proximity to Carteret High School, and is subjected to considerable wear and tear throughout the year,” Councilman and Public Works Chair Dennis DiMascio added.
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