Preliminary Roadwork Begins Ahead of $6.5M Safety Project in Straus Square

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 at 5:08 am by
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Over the weekend, a small detachment of contractors excavated the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. The small job was a so-called test pit for new catch basin infrastructure ahead of a $6.5 million capital works initiative by the Department of Design and Construction called “Safe Routes to Schools.”

As previously reported, Phase I (project #HWCSCH3E-R) will see the eventual revamping of the area surrounding Straus Square. The plan includes changes such as reconstructing curbs, better pavement markings, new neck downs (sidewalk extension), and catch basins. All are measures to increase safety where three major traffic arteries connect – Canal, East Broadway, and Rutgers/Essex.

Apparently the DDC is ready to move forward with the project even before a proper presentation to the community at large. That will happen this Thursday when the transportation subcommittee of CB3 convenes to discuss the matter.

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A map showing the “neck downs” planned for Straus Square

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