Residents along Southeast Front Street may be temporarily inconvenienced by constant construction, but locals will see new sidewalks, a new road and water system improvements when the project is completed this fall.

Residents along Southeast Front Street may be temporarily inconvenienced by constant construction, but locals will see new sidewalks, a new road and water system improvements when the project is completed this fall.

 

WHAT’S BEEN DONE

A nearly year-long reconstruction of Southeast Front Street in Milford is more than halfway complete.

Since the project got underway in February, Wilmington-based Sam’s Construction has installed curbs, sidewalk and handicap-accessible ramps in the 100 and 200 blocks.

In the meantime, Christiana Excavating of New Castle is working on the city’s water mains. Before the summer started, 32 existing water services were replaced. The project was extended to include some work on Columbia Street, where 380 feet of previously four-inch water main was replaced by an eight-inch water main. According to City Manager Richard Carmean, the new main passed pressure and bacteriological testing and existing services were transferred to the new main in May.

 

WHAT’S GOING ON NOW

Currently, Sam’s Constructions is installing curb and sidewalk in the 300 block of Southeast Front Street. The new, higher curbing will replace dilapidated and decayed cement and town officials are hoping it dissuade people from pulling their vehicles onto the sidewalk.

 

WHAT’S NEXT

Sidewalk and curb work will continue until both sides of Southeast Front Street are reconstructed. Road resurfacing will begin once the sidewalks and curbing are completed. The project is expected to wrap up in mid-October.

 

REASON FOR THE PROJECT

Carmean said the construction on Southeast Front Street was needed because the roadway is a main artery to Milford’s downtown.

“It is important in a close neighborhood that the opportunities for walking are as abundant as possible,” he said. “We had sections along this street where we went from cement to brick to no sidewalk at all. One of the most important reasons for the sidewalk improvement was the handicapped accessibility. The areas with no sidewalk were certainly not fulfilling that need.”

Carmean added that the need to redo the sidewalks allowed for the city to address failing infrastructure beneath the street, as well as resurface the entire roadway.

“A very walkable and handicapped-accessible street with a smooth surface and curbs [provides] assistance in our storm water collecting system,” he said. “The project will provide these things to people on the street and people using the street as a way in and out of our community.”

 

MORE ABOUT FRONT ST. CONSTRUCTION

PROJECT START DATE Jan. 21, 2014, delayed by extreme weather conditions until Feb. 3, 2014

ANTICIPATED COMPLETION Oct. 17, 2014

COST $1,470,195

MORE INFO Call (302) 424-3712