Newark’s Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has been a hub for construction activity in the East Ward with a milling and repaving project on Wilson Avenue and sewer line repairs on Ferry Street. While an inconvenience to local residents, businesses and visitors in the short term, the work will provide long term benefits for all.
Wilson Avenue between Ferry Street and Jabez Street was closed for milling and paving from September 11 till 16. Work continues on Ferry Street to repair a more than 100-year-old sewer line. Ferry Street will remain closed between Prospect and Jefferson Streets till that segment of the project is completed. Cross-traffic on Prospect, Congress and Jefferson Streets is permitted, and detours are clearly marked.
Upon completion of this section, the project will move to Ferry Street between Jefferson and Monroe Streets. Work on that section is expected to take a week, with similar closures. Businesses and restaurants on Wilson Avenue and Ferry Street have remained open for business throughout the construction activity.
“The Wilson Avenue paving reflects the commitment we have made in the past to continue to improve the quality of life of the residents and business owners of the Ironbound, and, in this case, the Wilson Avenue area, which is now part of the IBID,” noted East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador. “Next year, we have already programmed the paving of East Ferry Street.”
“While these projects have provided some short-term inconvenience, we appreciate the patience of Ironbound stakeholders who recognize that improvements to the Ironbound’s infrastructure are necessary for our quality of life and ability to compete with other districts and destinations. These improvements make business and community life work,” added Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director.
For more information about programs and services provided by the IBID and complete directories of Ironbound District businesses and restaurants, visit goironbound.com. You can also follow news from the district at Facebook.com/goironbound.