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Pennington Streetscape Update

by Lynn S. Robbins

Property owners and residents interested in Pennington’s Streetscape Improvements Plan-Phase II are encouraged to learn about the project on the Borough website and contribute comments by April 11 via email ([email protected]) or phone (609-737-0276).

A public information center on the topic, held at Borough Hall, March 28, attracted approximately 20 residents and business owners who spoke with Mayor James Davy, Council members and a representative from NV5, the engineering and consulting firm that designed the project.

Davy noted that the project is intended to enhance the downtown experience for business owners, visitors, and residents by improving the condition and attractiveness of the streets.

The plan, now in the preliminary engineering phase, would replace and improve sidewalks, curbs, driveways and driveway aprons; plant new trees and replace removed trees; add new pedestrian lamp posts, benches and trash bins; upgrade sign posts; and relocate roof leaders to stop water drainage onto the sidewalk. Details can be viewed here.

Attendees at the March session viewed six exhibit boards consisting of aerial views of the streets where construction is proposed, including South Main Street, spanning about 430 linear feet; East Delaware Avene, spanning about 280 linear feet; and West Delaware Avenue, about 330 linear feet.

The project cost, defined in a 2021 Borough ordinance, is funded by a $580,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and $2,000 from the General Capital Fund.

Davy anticipates the project design to be completed by the end of 2023, with construction to begin in 2024 and a target for completion by the end of that year.

Feature photo Pennington circa 1976, courtesy Hopewell Valley History Project https://image.hopewell-history.org/picture.php?/557/category/PennBoro

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