Erdman Anthony provided scoping, design services, and construction inspection
services for the reconstruction of Routes 31, 31A, 31E, and 63, including Main
Street (Center Street to West Avenue) and Commercial Street (West Avenue to
Prospect Street). Some of the key design elements included pavement
reconstruction, drainage improvements, and sidewalks. Safety improvements
included turning lanes, shoulders, and new curbing. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes
were installed to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Streetscape
improvements included decorative lighting, benches, planters, and street trees.
An extensive public participation program included public information meetings,
a public hearing, advisory group formations and meetings, formal presentations,
and one-on-one meetings with individual businesses. When the reconstruction
process began, local businesses feared the disruption would cripple their
operations and drive customers away. However, Erdman Anthony and the firm's fellow
contractors set out to reduce upheaval and negative impact on the businesses. As
a result, residents and businesses were updated on construction schedules, and
stores remained open.