Less than sixty days to go and counting for completion of the repaving of JFK Drive. This resurfacing project has been a bit prone to delays in the past, so we checked on its progress. Good news. Rick Thall, Project Manager for the Recreation and Park Department, confirmed that the nearly $1.2 million contract has been awarded and that work began on November 2nd.
Construction crews from Esquivel Grading & Paving will complete curb reconstruction work before the actual resurfacing begins in another week or two, but sixty days -- with December 31 the last day -- is their limit for smoothing off the total job.
Pedestrian improvements with the project will include paving at each intersection and onto the adjoining streets past the crosswalks. Curb ramps and new paint for the crosswalks will follow. Bicyclists will no longer grimace from the current rattling ride, but a dedicated bike lane for JFK remains uncertain.
Unless the contractor completes the job early, plan on a huge celebration for the best ride of the New Year. Anyone up for a New Year's Day party in the park?