SEA BRIGHT: With the removal of an underground storage tank, a contractor says the borough's streetscape project is on schedule to finish in April.
The project was delayed to the removal of the tank but now LandTek Construction says it can finish the project by April 13 if work is started earlier in the day an ended later at night.
However, that could involve the installation of new sidewalks that could disrupt businesses; something Mayor Dina Long said she does not want to see happen.
"I'm OK with starting earlier and ending later, but I'm extraordinarily uncomfortable with an extended impact on any business," Long said.
Long said she would not mind seeing the project's completion time pushed back until the end of April if necessary.
The project is funded by a New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) streetscape revitalization program by way of a $1.3 million grant. The project has to be closed out by June 1, according to Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni.
The council approved a resolution awarding a bid to LandTek Construction at a cost not to exceed $1,108,996 last year.
All the work will be done from the curbs on the east and west sides of the street to the businesses and the borough parking lot from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Beach Street.
One of the main components of the project are landscaped curb bump-outs that will be created at intersections to shorten the distance for people looking to cross the highway.
Other improvements include:
• Additional benches that will be pinned down
• Decorative street lights
• Way-finding signage
• ADA-compliant ramps
• New concrete sidewalks
• Additional trash receptacles that will be pinned down