The construction on Sixth Avenue is two years in the making. Although it looks complete, there are still some finishing touches that need to done, until it can be used.
The city says the construction on what was once a two-lane rural roadway is on track to open in a couple of weeks, but original plans said the project was supposed to be finished this past Monday.
“We brought it now up to what we call an urban standard with sidewalks, storm sewers and storm drainage,” said assistant city engineer Jeff Hunt.
The project has had a few hiccups, when a water main broke and a gas line leaked, both in August of 2017.
“We still have some overlay to put down on the final top of the asphalt,” said Hunt. “We still have final regulatory signs, stop signs, street signs, we do still have some sodding, some restoration on the back of the curbs and we still have some manhole regrades left.”
The city is allowing residents of the area to use the intersection of Westchester and Sixth, on the West side of Gage Park, while the road is completed.
Some people who work around the construction are looking forward to the completion as well.
“I don’t have a vehicle,” said Presbyterian Manor employee Kathleen Wesley. “I take the bus to and from work and that has displaced me getting to work for a year and a half now.”