Repairs began on Garden, Mead, and Vine streets Wednesday morning, as construction crews stripped away the old asphalt blacktop from the roads. The City of Hillsdale has closed these roads until the conclusion of the repairs.
Hillsdale resident Dennis Wainscott recorded beginning of the project on a Facebook Live video.
“This is the smoothest our road has been in the past few years,” he said of Garden Street, where he lives.
These repairs are part of a larger project that includes construction on Rippon Avenue. Work on Rippon is ongoing — crews have cut down about 40 trees that have posed a danger to sewers beneath the road.
According to Director of Public Services Jake Hammel, the Rippon project is more involved than the other three streets. It involves laying water and sewer mains underneath the river, which will require pumping water around the road. The city will then lay a new concrete culvert, 40 feet long, four feet tall, and eight feet wide to cover the section of road covering the river.
This road project is set to occupy the city for much of the spring.