LONG BRANCH: The city council has greenlit a project that would bring several improvements to the West End area.
The Long Branch Council approved a resolution that will enter the city into a contract with Precise Construction for a Brighton Avenue streetscape improvement project.
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.
The exact timing of when the work will begin is not clear at this time, but it will likely begin before the summer season.