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Ridgewood Engineering Department Wins Another Award

Village recognized for making large-scale changes to Grove Street.

Fresh off its gold star recognition for the ongoing river rehabilitation project, the Ridgewood Engineering Department was recently recognized for the resurfacing of Grove Street.

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Public Works Association in November awarded the engineering department's Grove Street road reconstruction as its public works project of the year.

"It's nice to be recognized by your peers," Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser said, adding it's the first Complete Streets project Ridgewood has undertaken. 

An oft-delayed project, crater-laden Grove Street was narrowed and repaved in June. Engineers constructed a large traffic calming island near the Paramus border. The department says speeding from the Paramus to the west has lessened since construction.

The design also incorporates bicycle lanes from the county bike path to Berkshire Road a major component of the Department of Transportation's Complete Streets program. In addition, since the road was narrowed the cost of asphalt will be lessened, the department wrote in its application for the award.

Ridgewood's Grove Street reconstruction project was largely funded by $150,000 in state grants; the village chipped in about $100,000.

RdgwdGRock January 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Is this real? Perhaps this is a joke award from The Onion.
JAFO January 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Paving a road and making it a touch narrower by adding a "calming island" with dead bushes is a revolutionary idea and certainly worthy of recognition from The NJ Chapter of the American Public Works Association. I believe previous award winners were the town of Oakland for their snow removal efforts, and the town of Rumson for their street cleaning efforts.
SusieHomeMaker January 17, 2013 at 03:03 AM
What was the award.... was it a Major Award ... was it a Leg Lamp?? I can't belive that messy looking road island won an award!! Maybe the Nobel Prize is next ......
RdgwdGRock January 17, 2013 at 04:47 AM
the award must be from Italy, as it is marked F-R-A-G-I-L-E
John Hahn January 17, 2013 at 01:10 PM
It is a project that is underwhelming. The Welcome to Ridgewood sign should be moved to the island. 2 or 3 oaks or maples (trees that are all over Ridgewood) should have been planted. It could be a spectacular gateway on Grove St. But alas it is just ho-hum or so-so. Where is the visionary in Ridgewood?
News Man January 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
That center island is much too big and takes away the possibility of a few parking spaces for convience to those wanting to enter the "Grove Park" walking path. Yes and even doing a little fishing at the bridge and walking path along the river. I have traveled that road for over 65 years....and have a fond memory of long since gone of "FRANK's GAS and Auto Repair" at the next intersection. Oh memories....

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