A grant-funded plan would reduce Atlantic Avenue from four motor vehicle lanes to two in much of the city.

Edward Lea, staff photographer

ATLANTIC CITY — City Council on Wednesday awarded a $4.5 million contract to Charles Marandino LLC of Milmay for the first phase of the Atlantic Avenue diet plan.

But some council members have warned they will not support future phases.

The comprehensive three-phase plan is to reduce Atlantic Avenue to two lanes of motor vehicle traffic out of four, eventually from Maine Avenue to Albany Avenue.

The plan also calls for the addition of a cycle path and parking area on either side of the road, as well as improved streetscape and lighting.

It is primarily funded by federal and state grants.

As the resolution passed to move forward on Phase 1, from Maine Avenue in the South Inlet to Tennessee Avenue at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, some council members warned the administration not to not expect other phases to get their support.

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The vote was three for, two against, one abstention and three absent.

Second Ward Councilman LaToya Dunston voted against awarding the contract, as did First Ward Councilman Aaron “Sporty” Randolph. Phase 1 runs through their two districts.

Ward 1 runs from Maine Avenue to Maryland Avenue, and Ward 2 runs from Maryland Avenue to Tennessee. Company administrator Anthony Swan said the city has already spent around $200,000 to launch the roadside scheme.


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