MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Wilson Avenue is the latest township thoroughfare slated to be repaved this year.

The Township Committee approved a contract at their September meeting to improve Wilson Avenue from Cherry Tree Farm Road to Highway 36. This well-traveled road was heavily damaged by the elements this past winter. The contract also includes reconstruction of a section of nearby Maple Street, said Mayor Stephanie C. Murray, noting both streets are scheduled to be completed by year’s end.

Meanwhile Liberty Street, located between Conover Avenue and Church Street in Middletown Village, is currently being reconstructed with new pavement and historic peanut stone curbs. In the Hillside section, the gravel portion of Farview Avenue will be paved, according to Township Engineer Ted Maloney.

Township roads already paved this summer include the second phase of Murphy Road as well as Sunrise Place in River Plaza, Smoke Tree Terrace in Shady Oaks, Irving Place and Edward Street in Belford, Monmouth Avenue and Tan Vat Road in Navesink, Weekhawken Avenue and Hegel Place in North Middletown, Chapel Hill Road from Lombardi Court to Independence Drive, and Pine Street from Hwy 35 to Stephenville Boulevard, he said.

An extensive sidewalk reconstruction program was recently completed in the Shorecrest neighborhood with dozens of sidewalk sections replaced on Stephenville Boulevard, Statesir Place, Chestnut Street, and Richard, Virginia, David, and Maida Terraces. Sidewalks and curbs were also replaced in several other areas of town. Additionally, major storm sewer improvements were completed on Brookside Drive and Trotter Terrace to alleviate local drainage issues.

Road improvement projects include milling, paving, drainage work, sidewalks, and curbing. Projects are selected based on recommendations from the Township Engineer and Public Works Director and Roads Division Supervisors. Projects are prioritized based on several factors including pavement and drainage conditions, vehicular and pedestrian traffic volumes, and proximities to schools and parks, explained Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante.