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South Street Sidewalk Replacements to Begin June 5

Streetscape improvements expected to last about eight weeks.

Property owners along part of South Street were informed earlier this week that the town would begin sidewalk and streetscape improvements starting the evening of June 5.

Improvements to the busy cooridor will include sidewalk replacements, tree plantings and the replacement of some garbage recepticles and benches. Work is expected to continue for about eight weeks.

The letter, from Department of Public Works head Jeff Hartke, is below:

"Buckler Associates has been awarded a contract to construct curb and sidewalk improvements on South Street (North Side - #60 to #130, and South Side - #55 to #121). Due to the volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic along South Street (which is a State right-of-way), NJDOT has mandated night work on this project. Work hours will be 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., Sunday night to Friday morning. Buckler Associates will begin construction on South Street on or about Sunday, June 5, 2011. The total working time is expected to be 8 weeks.

"The project will include the following improvements:

  1. Replacement of existing concrete curb with french gray concrete curb.

  2. Replacement of existing concrete sidewalks and driveway aprons with french gray concrete and regular concrete sidewalks and driveway aprons in the Morristown Partnership scoring patterns. New sidewalks will match those on West Park Place.

  3. Installation of new decorative benches, trash & recycling receptacles in select areas.

  4. Tree plantings.

"What to expect during construction:

  1. Anthony M. DeVizio of the Morristown Engineering Division will inspect the project and will be available on site during work hours to help you with any special concerns or questions. Ralph Panei of the Morristown Engineering Division can be contacted during the day at (973) 644 – 4367.

  2. There will be no work on Friday or Saturday nights.

  3. Roadway will remain open to traffic.

  4. On-street parking in and along the construction zone will be prohibited during working hours, and will be reinstated days and weekends outside of working hours.

  5. Access to all homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. There will, however, be brief interruptions when the contractor is actively working along your building’s frontage.

  6. Sidewalk areas within the work zone will be closed while work is ongoing, and will be passable outside of working hours.

  7. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

  8. Prior to disrupting your driveway, Buckler Associates will contact you directly to coordinate the work. If you receive a new concrete driveway apron, we request that you do not drive over the fresh concrete for at least 24 hours and if possible 72 hours. This will ensure a durable and attractive concrete finish.

"Please call if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to discuss any aspect of this project. We look forward to a successful project that will enhance the quality of life in Morristown.

"Very truly yours,

"Jeffrey S. Hartke, P.E.
"Director of Public Works / Town Engineer

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