LONGBRANCH: A project that will help beautify West End will begin in February.
According to a notice from the contractor, Precise Construction, the Brighton Avenue streetscape project will begin "on or about" Feb. 15.
The project will extend from Ocean Blvd. to the railroad tracks along Brighton Ave. The beautification will include concrete curbs, sidewalks, and driveway aprons, as well as paver brick walks and aprons.
Precise Construction was the lowest responsible bidder at $958,105 among nine contractors who submitted proposals for the project.
City Engineer Gerry Freda has said that the city received a $750,000 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to do streetscape work on Brighton Avenue from Ocean Avenue to the railroad tracks.
Freda said all work will be done from the curb back to the buildings and that no paving work is included in the funding. The funds will help the city install new concrete sidewalks, new pavers between the sidewalk and curb, new street lighting, tree grates and will allow the city to widen sidewalks in some crossing areas to make them safer.
The grant, which is funded by HUD, is a non-matching grant but all the work must be completed by December, 2016.
Precise Construction states in the notice that they anticipate the construction to be completed by July 1.
All questions about the project should be directed to engineer Matt Shafai at 732-922-9229.