Long-Awaited West Park Drive Reconstruction Project Set to Begin Monday:
Detour Expected Until Spring
More than two years after a freak storm swept away a section of West Park Drive along Sunset Lake, construction crews are set to begin a four-month project that will permanently restore the roadway to its original condition.
Drivers have been navigating a narrowed version of the road ever since it reopened following the August 2011 storm. The construction project scheduled to begin Monday will rebuild and stabilize the embankment on the south side allowing the damaged section of road and shoulder to be restored.
During construction, all traffic will be detoured around the construction area.
Drivers headed eastbound on West Park Drive at West Avenue will be directed southbound onto West Avenue (CR 607) to eastbound West Commerce Street (CR 731) to northbound Laurel Street (CR 606) to northbound Old Deerfield Pike.
Drivers headed westbound at Old Deerfield Pike will take the reverse route.
Emergency vehicles, school buses and local residents will have access into the neighborhoods from Old Deerfield Pike to Gary Plaza.
Mayor Aiken Drive will be opened to the Cohanzick Zoo.
“Fully restoring West Park Drive has been a priority ever since the day the lake washed a chunk of it away in 2011,” said Freeholder Tony Surace, liaison to the county public works department. “Now that we have DEP approval and the funding in place, the finish line is in sight.”
80% of the $2.2 million project is being funded by the Federal Highway Administration.