NJ Transit authorized $1.7 million worth of improvements to the historic Watsessing Station in Bloomfield, including the restoration of the station building exterior, complementing previous work that was done to restore the inbound and outbound canopies.
“The Watsessing Station project demonstrates the state’s commitment to maintaining our public transportation infrastructure and facilities in a state of good repair, which preserves our rail stations as valuable assets for the communities we serve,” said Transportation Commissioner/NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson. “Rail stations often serve as the anchor for area communities, spurring economic development and providing a vital gateway for residents, visitors and commuters alike.”
The board awarded a $1.7 million contract to John O’Hara Company Inc., of East Orange, N.J., for exterior restoration of the station building to preserve the historic character of the station; site improvements surrounding the station building at the street and platform levels; and installation of CCTV cameras, passenger communication systems and updated signage to enhance the overall customer experience.
In 2007, NJ Transit completed the first phase of the Watsessing Station improvement project, which included restoration of the platforms, canopies and retaining wall.
Work on the federally-funded exterior improvements is expected to begin by the end of this year, with completion in the fall of 2013.
Located on the Montclair-Boonton Line, Watsessing Station serves more than 200 customers on a typical weekday. The one-story brick station building was constructed in 1912 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.