Several roads in the city need some much-needed attention because some have not been paved for more than 30 years, the Newark city engineer said.
“I felt like we won the lottery,” said Tom Armstrong.
He and others who live around South Hampton Road and Plymouth Pace are excited their streets will be repaved for the first time since 1986.
“Oh, we’re pleased as punch quite frankly,” said Jim Riley.
The City of Newark secured a grant to help repave main roads and that freed city money for repaving residential roads.
“I said thank God because this is something my husband and I have talked about over and over again like when are they going to do something with this road because it’s very rough and very hard on your vehicle,” said Susan Giblin.
City Engineer Brian Morehead said he sees the issues, too, because he lives in the area.
“For the last five or six years, it’s been on our radar to get resurfaced because it really has started to deteriorate,” said Morehead.
He showed NBC4 chunks of the road can easily break off, and the gravel left behind from pothole repairs cover the street, and eventually covers cars with dust.
“It’s long overdue. And if you seen the road, you can tell it’s in dire need,” said Armstrong.”
He has lived on South Hampton Road for 12 years and said he began calling to complain about the road conditions.
Now he feels his persistence paid off.
“I’d always thought we’d get something done,” said Armstrong. “I’m just really thrilled we’re going to get it done sooner than later.”
The city engineer said the bidding process for this project starts on April 24.