East Cherry Street lighting project

Work is expected to begin this week on the East Cherry Street lighting project, which should be completed by the end of August.

City Council, at its May meeting, awarded a $90,600 contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Rahway-based Berto Construction.

City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier said there had been complaints about the existing electric gas lamps which were difficult to maintain and costly to operate. They will be replaced with gas electric lamps.

Funds for streetscape improvements will come from federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), according to Pelissier.

Here’s a story from MyCentralJersey.com last month about a local merchant worried that the lighting project and related utility work will disrupt business.