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The unveiling of two large murals under the rail trail bridge marked the conclusion of the Delaware Avenue enhancement project. We now have a new water main to replace pipes that were put in just after World War II. We have fresh sidewalks, new granite curbs, safer crosswalks, more than 120 new trees and 250 bushes, and a beautiful streetscape that’s better for businesses and residents alike.
The building phase of the project was challenging in many ways, and I’d like to take a moment to say thanks to:
The Delaware Avenue Improvement Group (Virginia Acquario, Gregg Biche, Wilma DeLucco, Jennifer Kilcoyne, Ed Kleinke, Scott Lewendon, Jeremy Martelle, Debbie Murray, Ellie Prakken, and Julie Sasso) – these volunteers gave countless hours to gather community input and advance the project;
The businesses along Delaware Avenue (and I mean all along Delaware Avenue) for their patience and cooperation;
Town staff Paul Penman (Town Engineer), Rob Leslie (Director of Planning), Liz Staubach (Economic Development Coordinator), Kevin Perazzelli (Assistant Engineer), Robin Nagengast (Supervisor’s Office), and Brent Meredith (former Highway Superintendent) – Town projects happen because staff do the work to make them happen;
The NYS Dept. of Transportation and NYSERDA for $1.3 million in state and federal funds to help underwrite the project;
John Clarkson for his vision and leadership;
Local artist Dahl Taylor and designer Mark Kelly for a wonderful mural and signs that celebrate Bethlehem’s 23 different hamlets; and
The American Legion for working with us to have the unveiling after the Memorial Day service while the road was still closed. We will never forget the soldiers who served to protect our freedoms and the quality of life reflected in the mural.
A tough year of construction is behind us, and benefits lasting a generation are ahead. Please check out the murals and enjoy the beautiful street as you shop and dine locally!
Bethlehem Town Supervisor