Pedestrians on Route 34 in Aberdeen will soon have a new half-mile stretch of sidewalk connecting the existing sidewalks near Broad Street in Matawan and near the Dollar Tree in Aberdeen, according to Public Works Director Bob Brady.
Construction of the new sidewalk began in early June and the contractor, MNC General Contracting Inc. of Old Bridge, is currently working on the entrance ramps at the Aberdeen Townsquare Shopping Center.
The $177,000 project was approved by the council in 2011. It is being partially funded by a $160,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The township will pay the remaining $17,000, which will be extracted from Aberdeen's infrastructure account, according to township manager Holly Reycraft.
The sidewalk is expected to be completed and open for public use by the end of next week, Brady said, however the township will need to wait to plant new grass in the area until the are lifted.