The Borough of Woodland Park was recently awarded a state Department of Transportation municipal aid grant of $690,600 for Phase 8 of the McBride Streetscape Project, which will cover work from Whippany Avenue to Lackawanna Avenue.
This is the largest municipal aid grant ever received by the Borough from the NJDOT, Mayor Keith Kazmark noted, adding that improvements along the Kearfott property will be funded by the STRO Company, which will be redeveloping the property in 2021.
Work on Phase 7, which is from Dowling Parkway to Whippany Avenue, is expected to break ground in the spring and officials hope Phase 8 will also be done simultaneously. These two phases will complete the project.
The streetscape project began in March 2017 and when complete, improvements will have been made all along the entire stretch of road in town. Work has been completely funded through a series of State and County grants.
The goal of the streetscape project is to make the thoroughfare safer, and more business and pedestrian friendly. Improvements include ADA compliant curbs, decorative brick pavers, decorative lighting, new street signs, trash and recycling receptacles and planters.