Borough awarded $1M for streetscape improvements

Manasquan Borough Hall. FILE PHOTO
MANASQUAN — The intersection of Main Street and Route 71 is set to get a major facelift in 2018 thanks to the Transportation Alternatives Program [TAP]. The borough was recently awarded $1 million in federal funds for streetscape improvements to E. Main Street from Route 71 [Union Avenue and Taylor Avenue] to just past the train station and along Route 71 from Abe Voorhees Drive to just north of the Acme parking lot, borough officials announced at the Monday council meeting. “It’s an opportunity for the council to shape or reshape what it wants Main Street to look like,” said Bob Mannix of Maser Consulting, the borough’s engineer. Streetscape improvements include projects such as concrete and decorative paver sidewalks, restoration of some existing pavers, concrete curb and driveways, ADA curb ramps and detectable warning surfaces, crosswalk improvements, decorative pedestrian street lights, decorative intersection traffic signal improvements, street trees, landscaping, street furniture and bike racks. “It’s not milling and paving the roads,” said Mr. Mannix. TAP is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation [NJDOT] in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority [NJTPA].

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