In July 2019, Essex County passed a resolution dedicated to pedestrian improvements along the Irvington Avenue corridor in South Orange, Maplewood, Newark, and Irvington. These improvements were originally submitted and awarded under a grant to focus on pedestrian safety and to modernize the overall community. We originally noticed the community in 2020 but due to factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the project had been delayed. The project was finished in September 2021.
How did this affect South Orange?
South Orange has 3 intersections along Irvington Avenue that will be affected. Those are:
College Place/Waverly Place
Fairview Avenue/West Fairview Avenue
Tichenor Ave./Riggs Place -
What was done?
Essex County will be removed the old curbs and crosswalks and updating crosswalks, installing expanded ADA Accessible curbs, and repaving. Where applicable, trash receptacles, bike racks, and lighting were added.
How did this affect residents or local businesses?
Essex County kept the impacted roadways open throughout the construction.
Was there a plan?
Yes. You can view the South Orange portion of the plan here!
For a full plan, please consult the Essex County plan.
How are residents and businesses notified?
Essex County noticed all residents and businesses that are affected. An example of what was sent can be found here!
What if I have questions?
Questions regarding this project can be directed to Asif U. Mahmood, Principal Engineer at (973) 226-8500 Extension 2560
What about Ward Place, Prospect Avenue, and other parts of Irvington Avenue in South Orange?
The Health & Public Safety Committee along with our Village Engineer has been working with Essex County to look at several of these intersections. In order to move these request through the proper channels, we have passed resolutions that are then submitted to Essex County for consideration:
Ward Place & Irvington Avenue
Resolution #2020-199/August 24, 2020
Cottage Street & Irvington Avenue
Resolution #2020-105/May 11, 2020
Prospect Street & Irvington Avenue
Requested setup between Essex County and Jespy House