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Hillside Avenue Construction Delayed Again

By on Oct 6 2013.
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Hillside Avenue Closed

Hillside Avenue Closed

According to a recent announcement by the Township of Springfield, construction on Hillside Avenue has again been delayed and is not expected to be completed until October 18.  The replacement of a culvert on Hillside Avenue in Springfield was originally scheduled for completion by September 8 bringing the total delay to more than one month behind schedule.  The announcement of the replacement was made by Union County in June 10, 2013 as part of a $1.33 million project that also included culverts in Berkeley Heights and Roselle.

The estimated timeline for the project that was given in the summer was 2 months.  It started in the beginning of July.  Committeeman Ziad Shehady has been outspoken about the troubles residents have had to deal with and at a Township Committee meeting on August 19, he made it a point to call out the lack of helpfulness from County officials, including Springfield’s own Union County Freeholder and veteran Democratic politician Bruce Bergen who was in the audience.

After a meeting was held on Wednesday, August 22 that included representatives from the Springfield Police Department, Engineering Department, Board of Education and the County Engineer and Consulting Engineer, the Township boasted of an adjusted timetable on the Springfield website but according to the August report by Springfielder.com the dates and times did not match.  With the October 18 target date, the total duration of the project will be nearly three and a half months.

The Hillside Avenue culvert, similar to a bridge only smaller and allowing water to flow under the road, was built in 1926.  According to officials, the culvert is 12 feet long and about 5 feet high from the streambed.  The river underneath is home to wildlife so the project included plans to recreate a natural streambed inside the culvert.  The plans include removing and replacing approximately 40 feet of the roadway.  The contractor for the work is Colonnelli Brothers of Hackensack, New Jersey.



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