HAZLET –The day after their street was repaved, residents on Bucknell Drive said they were thrilled with the results.
A wide aisle of thick asphalt had replaced the rough, pockmarked road in front of their homes. Driving on it was like driving on glass.
“It’s amazing what some new pavement will do,” said Frank Pierz, 45, in his yard Saturday morning, working in the 90 degree heat. “It’s very visually appealing. It inspired me to do the edging on my lawn for the first time this summer.”
Last week, and continuing through July 3, homeowners on Fleetwood Park’s streets such as Amherst, Annapolis, Bucknell, Lafayette and Stamford Drive will be among the first to see their dilapidated streets milled and repaved through phase one of the township’s big 2018 Road Restoration Program, approved by the Township Committee on Nov. 20, 2018. Although the entire cost of the plan is $5,565,556, the township said it would borrow $5,287,278 for the work, paying for the balance with grants.
The work by L&L Paving Co. of Farmingdale is being coordinated in concert with NJNG utility line replacement.
When completed, an estimated 110 of Hazlet’s worst municipal roads will be transformed. A schedule, subject to change, is posted on the Hazlet Township website.
Pierz recently purchased his childhood home, originally built in 1958 like others in the Fleetwood Drive neighborhood. He said he was a boy the last time his road was paved.
“I was about 12 or 13 and I was so excited to come home because I knew they were paving and I had just gotten a new skateboard,” he said. “And I came home to utter disappointment because the road they had here before was so abrasive. You couldn’t do Rollerblade, you couldn’t skateboard on it. Even on a bike, you could feel the little pieces of aggregate.”
Down the block, Rose Cece, 86, was out in her yard, chatting with a neighbor over the fence. She’s lived in her house for over 50 years, where she raised four kids.
The new street is good for the neighborhood, and good for the cars, she said.
“The ice in the winter, when they put the sand on the roads –it was bad. The holes. I thought my tires would fly off. This last winter was the worst,” Cece said.
She thinks the smooth surface, which reduces noise, is “wonderful” and way it looks boosts the neighborhood. “It’s beautiful, I love it.”
Cece hopes it can stay as pristine as it was today.
“God forbid if anyone’s car leaks,” she said. “I’m going to
yell and scream.”