New Hyde Park Village Trustee Donald Barbieri reported that the contractor was out on Sept. 18 posting signs to begin construction for the project for the beautification of Jericho Turnpike.
Commonly referred to as Operation: Mainstreet, the project would install planters and other shrubs into the middle of the brick-paved medians that run down the center of Route 25 in the village, which currently are left agape, opening into a sand-filled hole in the center.
“(It’s) been a little bit slow mobilizing but it’s about to kick off I think,” Barbieri said during the regular meeting of the village board on Sept. 17 at the village hall.
The project has been pushed back several times – mostly due to the repaving of Jericho Turnpike by the state – and was predicted by Barbieri to begin during the late summer months and then early to mid-September.
Bohemia-based J. Anthony was awarded the bid for the beautification project with a bid$1,469,374.
The first phase of the project focuses on beautifying the center medians with pavers and plantings while the second phase would install bulb-outs, landscaping and other architectural improvements. However, the state is continuing to review the bid and the project.
Tom Gannon was appointed as the “responsible local official” to carry out the NY State Department of Transportation equitable business opportunity requirements regarding the Operation: Mainstreet project.