Historic street in Manhattan under construction

A historic road in the city of Manhattan, Poyntz Avenue is in the process of getting a facelift.

The 3 million dollar revitalization project started nearly two months ago.

Now, people in Manhattan are really starting to see the changes, like new upgraded curbs and sidewalks.

Other features people can expect to see will include new landscape, traffic lights on 4th street going through Poyntz, safer crosswalks and an upgraded storm sewer system.

Construction is expected to end in late Fall of 2013 before Thanksgiving.

Construction Project Manager and Engineer, Brian Johnson says the upgrades will bring a newer look to the downtown area.

“This is part of a long term revitalization that we’ve been doing here in Manhattan,” said Johnson.  We did a north end and a south end redevelopment and this is the third phase of that.  We are wanting to keep our businesses downtown because an economically valuable downtown is good for the city as a whole.”

Johnson says money for the project comes from the federal, state, city and local level along with funding from some downtown businesses.

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