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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–With the snow and ice gone from the city’s roadways, litter and potholes have taken their place.
Few places is this more apparent than on Hamilton Street, which divides the city’s Fifth and Sixth Wards. There, the badly damaged roadway is in need of repair, but the city government has fallen behind schedule.
After identifying the roadway as one that would be re-paved in 2014, thanks to funding from the NJ Department of Transportation, the city went back on its word last year, citing bad weather.
“Hamilton Street will begin later this summer,” said Bradshaw on city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw on June 9.
But a contractor hired by the city did not get to work on the project until late intothe fall, and began preliminary work on crosswalks, but left the road untouched.
Generally, road milling and paving operations take place only during the warm weather months, and asphalt factories are closed during the winter.
But now, officials say that the road is among the first on the list for this paving season.
“I’ve been informed that the contractor has indicated that they intend to begin work on Hamilton Street on April 13,” said Bradshaw more recently.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.