Ho-Ho-Kus October 28, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 7 State provides additional $200,000 for streetscape by Jennifer Crusco The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently notified the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus that the municipality will receive an additional $200,000 for the Sheridan Avenue streetscape. This funding from the NJDOT’s 2010 Municipal Aid Program is earmarked for Phase III, which includes Warren Avenue and part of Sycamore. The grant would be available for use next year. Phases I and II of the streetscape are currently underway. Public Service Electric & Gas has been replacing the gas lines in the borough, and agreed to reschedule the company’s work on Sheridan Avenue so that section would be completed before the streetscape project began earlier this month. The current phases of the streetscape project are being carried out by Conquest Industries, LLC of Westwood. Conquest Industries submitted a base bid of $524,796 and bid $7,800 for two alternates, which include trash receptacles and benches. The borough previously received a $150,000 grant for Phase I and an additional $175,000 grant for Phase II. These grants do not require the borough to provide matching funds. The improvements now underway include both sides of Sheridan Avenue from Franklin Turnpike to Warren Avenue. The construction crew will move the curb closer to the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, and will provide bump-outs in various locations. Curbs and sidewalks will be realigned to meet Bergen County’s design plans, which are to be completed at a future date. The county’s plans reportedly involve squaring off the intersection where Franklin Turnpike meets Maple and Sheridan avenues. The work on Orvil Court includes the realignment of curbs and the redirection of some parking to include some angled spaces. Some additional space will be added to the Ho-Ho-Kus Town Green, and concrete tree vaults will be added to the east side of Sheridan. Plans also call for the installation of paver sidewalks designed in a basket-weave pattern, paver insets in the crosswalks, and the installation of additional Victorianstyle street lights. Phase I includes Sheridan Avenue, and Phase II includes Orvil Court and portions of Sycamore Avenue. These projects were combined with the goal of eliciting favorable bids. Maple Avenue, North Franklin Turnpike, East Franklin Turnpike, and a portion of Warren Avenue are being considered for future improvements. In a September presentation to the local business owners, Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Engineer David Hals explained that work on the east side of Sheridan Avenue would begin with drainage improvements that include the replacement of the existing lead connections with copper. Hals cautioned that the businesses on Sheridan would lose water service for an hour or two during this portion of the project. The west side of the street might not be addressed until spring, he said. Business owners who attended that session were most concerned about the elimination of three parking spaces on Sheridan Avenue near the corner of Franklin Turnpike. Hals noted that the streetscape calls for the addition of eight new spaces, which will result in a net gain of five parking spaces. Spaces will be added on Orvil Court, near the HoHo-Kus Inn. In addition, a driveway from Dench’s Auto Repair onto Sheridan Avenue will be closed, and angled parking will be added. 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