$6.5M Straus Square Traffic Safety Project is Underway
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Looks like that “Safe Routes to Schools” capital works project is back on track. There had been a hiatus for the better part of the last six months when ground-break first commenced. As of this week, however, the Department of Design and Construction resumed work on phase one of the $6.5 million initiative.
The construction crew dug up a large section of roadbed along East Broadway this week and cordoned off Straus Square. A staging area for materials was also established on Rutgers Street for the next two months to aid in the effort. By yesterday evening, the sidewalk outside the shuttered Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant is now extended further. Concrete filling is forthcoming.
As previously reported, Phase I (project #HWCSCH3E-R) will see the eventual revamping of the area surrounding Straus Square. The remodeling includes changes such as reconstructing curbs, better pavement markings, new neck downs (i.e. sidewalk extensions), and catch basins. All are measures to increase safety where three major traffic arteries connect – Canal, East Broadway, and Rutgers/Essex. Another part of the plan is installing a pedestrian ramp on the easternmost point of Straus Square, where Canal and East Broadway intersect.
Completion date is promised for the very precise date of October 5, 2015. See you then.