Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork
Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing.
That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the new Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza. Jackhammers, backhoes, street saws, the works. (It’s dig potentially related to ongoing electrical work from down on Division Street.) The pavement is now left with a noticeable asphalt wound.
As previously reported, the ultimate goal of this nascent pedestrian plaza is connecting the flow of Seward Park to Straus Square. In effect, annexing the traffic triangle and incorporating it as part of a unified park. The plaza project was made possible due to $6.4 million in grant money awarded to Seward Park as part of the “Park’s Without Borders” program.