After several delays, the Village of Bayville hopes to begin a significant streetscape project — featuring new sidewalks and inlaid crosswalks through much of its business district — by fall.
Mayor Doug Watson said this week that the project, originally intended to start in late spring, was pushed back because of the first contractor defaulting, as well as a recent agreement for the village to assume related paving work from Nassau County.
“It should start in September,” Watson said. “This way, it won’t hurt the merchants during the summer season.”
The new contract amount for the work, which encompasses an eight-block radius around Bayville and Ludlam avenues, is $569,569. Nassau will pay the additional $67,300 cost for the related paving, officials said.
The project is meant to revive a downtown with faded crosswalks, rough roadways and misaligned sidewalks.
Construction is expected to take four to six months.
Meanwhile, Watson said plans remain for the county to build a new police booth near the drawbridge from Mill Neck.
That $210,000, county-funded project included demolition of the old booth, located farther north in the downtown district.