Friday, March 27, 2009

At Long Last, Sidewalk Repairs

I was walking home from a City Council meeting on March 16 when I realized something was different. It might not mean much to drivers, but those of us who travel on foot have reason to celebrate the new sidewalk at Watchung and Sixth.

Here is an October 2006 blog post on the subject:

Along the east side of Crescent Avenue just north of East Seventh Street, there is a missing patch of sidewalk that is by turns dusty, muddy or icy.

It’s been that way for years, even though it’s just across from City Hall. The mystery of its neglect became clear at a recent Planning Board meeting.Schoor De Palma representative Jeff Marsden described a plan to repair Watchung Avenue from Front Street south to Sixth Street, among other road projects. But after resident Sandy Gurshman asked what would happen to the “big hole” on the other side of Sixth Street, it came out that recent repairs to Crescent Avenue did not include that one block north of East Seventh Street. Watchung Avenue stopped short of it.

Board chairman Ken Robertson, who has to pick his way over the dirt, mud or ice on his daily walk to the train station, and the other board members agreed that the block should not be left in limbo. They asked Marsden to include it in the proposed project.

Because the orphan block is in the Civic Historic District that includes the War Memorial and City Hall, the plans will have to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. But the time is coming when pedestrians won’t have to detour into the street to avoid the unsightly and dangerous gap in the sidewalk.

It certainly was a long time coming. Maybe this gives some insight into the time lag on road repairs.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

about time.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many a sidewalk in need of repair/ replacement throughout the city. Why are the walks not being maintained by the property owners?? I realize this is Plainfield, but other towns make you maintain the walkways so they are safe, level and in place. Maybe a little bit of code enforcement is needed.

9:53 AM  

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