With temperatures warming, work was resumed on the final phase of the project to upgrade Jericho Turnpike along the Village of New Hyde Park’s business district.
“They’re back out there today,” said Tom Gannon, superintendent of the village Department of Public Works, on Tuesday.
Village contractor J Anthony Enterprises interrupted its work on the $1.42 million Operation Mainstreet project in January in the face of inclement weather.
The work began in late November after several delays, the most recent of which resulted from communication problems between the village and the state Department of Transportation in coordinating the village’s project with a state project to resurface Jericho Turnpike from the Queens County line to Glen Cove Road.
The DOT was finishing work on side streets in New Hyde Park in the second phase of the a $21.1 million Jericho Turnpike repaving project.
Anticipating the restart of the project at the March 4 village board meeting, New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro said the Jericho Turnpike business district will be “a much more beautiful place and much pedestrian friendly” when the project is done.
Gannon said there is no certain time frame for completion of the Jericho Turnpike project.
The village board awarded the contract for the remaining work on Operation Mainstreet to Bohemia-based J Anthony Enterprises in August after the contractor submitted the low bid for $1.46 million.
The work includes the installation of bulb-outs – rounded corners that would extend slightly into the roadway – at some intersections. Several of the bulbouts were constructed before work was interrupted in January.
Benches will also be installed on sidewalks, which will be paved with the same rustic red brickwork already in place in some sections of the road near the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Lakeville Road.
The New Hyde Park project is being funded primarily through a federal transportation appropriation of $1.425 million secured by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy under the community block grant program.