PRINCETON —áIn 2019, the long-awaited $2.9 million Euclid Avenue rebuild project finally commenced.
Construction work on a 10-block stretch of the old, uneven brick street, between Central Avenue and Elm Place, began during springtime. Crews tore out the bricks, one lane at a time, and replaced them with new, smooth black asphalt.
The rebuild work also included replacing storm sewers, new curbing, widening of the road, sidewalk repairs and a partial realignment of the intersection where Euclid Avenue meets Elm Place.
The project commenced after a six-year to-and-fro with the state for approval to spend federal funds on the project. The city was finally granted approval in April 2018. Primary planning then had to take place. In January 2019, the city squared away its financing for the project and waited until springtime for the work to begin.
The work finally wrapped up around the end of September.
The city was able to salvage the old bricks from the historic road. The plan is to repurpose them for various city projects. Bricks were donated to the Owen Lovejoy home to rebuild the walkway outside the 19th-century house.