The Borough's streetscape project continues along McBride Avenue, with a Phase 7 ground breaking ceremony by local officials on Apr. 14, 2021. This is the next-to-the-last phase and runs from Dowling Parkway to Whippany Avenue.
Ground will also be broken soon on Phase 8, which will run from Whippany Avenue to Lackawanna Avenue, funded by a N.J. Department of Transportation municipal aid grant of $690,600. This is the largest municipal aid grant ever received by the Borough of Woodland Park from NJDOT.
The Stro Cos., redeveloper of the Kearfott property, and the Woodland Park Range will be funding and building the streetscape along their property lines. By the end of 2021, the town's entire main strip will be fully streetscaped, a project that has been in the making for 20 years.
Work on the streetscape project began in March 2017. And, it has been completely funded through a series of State and County grants. To date, the Borough has received over $2.9 million.
The goal of the streetscape project is to make the thoroughfare safer, smoother, more business-friendly, and pedestrian-friendly. Improvements include Americans With Disabilities Act compliant barrier-free curb ramps, detectable warning surfaces, decorative brick pavers, decorative lighting, new street signs, new driveway aprons, trash and recycling receptacles, and planters.