Pennington appropriates funds for final design of downtown streetscape project

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Pennington Council has adopted an ordinance that appropriates $145,000 towards the final design work of the downtown streetscape project.

The Borough from its capital improvement fund is only funding $3,000 of the $145,000 that is being appropriated. The rest of the money is covered by funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

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The Council unanimously voted in favor of adopting the measure at the governing body’s Dec. 4 meeting.

“I think as we get to final design there is going to be another public meeting [on the project],” Mayor James Davy said.

Pennington hired NV5, an engineering and consulting firm, to design the downtown streetscape project. 

A public information session was held earlier this year in March on the preliminary engineering phase of the project.

The improvements are proposed on South Main Street for about 430 feet from the intersection of West Delaware Avenue and East Delaware Avenue.

Additionally, there are also improvements proposed on East Delaware Avenue and on West Delaware Avenue.

The streetscape project would replace deteriorated curbs, sidewalks, and driveways as well as beautify the area. There would be an addition of decorative light poles, benches, trash receptacles, and new trees.

The improvements include replacement of sidewalk with a combination of concrete sidewalk and brick pavers; replacement of curb with granite curb; replacing existing street trees; the placement of benches, trash receptacles and tree guard; and the removal and replacement of signs and posts.

In 2021, the Pennington Council adopted an ordinance appropriating $582,000 for the Downtown Streetscape Improvements Phase II project – $580,000 from the NJDOT grant and $2,000 from Pennington’s general capital fund.

To view streetscape preliminary designs, visit www.penningtonboro.org.

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