Portion of Witherspoon Street construction expected to wrap up by end of October

Construction workers on Witherspoon Street in early August. Photo courtesy of Gerardo Puglia.

The current construction work on Witherspoon Street between Nassau Street and Spring Street is expected to be completed by the end of October.

“Despite several delays and difficulties, our contractor is on schedule,” Municipal Land Use Engineer Jim Purcell told the Princeton Council on Monday night.

“Their schedule has them completing the section of Witherspoon Street between Nassau Street and Spring Street by the end of October so that the street will be completely open to traffic and pedestrians in time for the holiday season,” Purcell said. “They will not be working over the winter, so they’ll be completely out of our way while all the shopping and revelry takes place during all of the holidays.”

The construction project has impacted foot traffic to several businesses on Witherspoon Street. Some business owners have made urgent pleas on social media for people to continue to support the local businesses on Witherspoon Street during the construction project.

Chambers Street update

Purcell also said the Graduate Hotel project on Chambers Street is also on schedule.

“Rest assured, the contractors are moving along as diligently and efficiently as possible and hope to be out of our hair right on time,” Purcell said.

Demolition work for the Graduate Hotel project began in May. The project is expected to take about 20 months in total to complete.


  1. Does this mean fully complete including new curbs and sidewalks??? I will be shocked if complete by end of October at the current pace and only one trade working at a time. Please shock me.

  2. So I see that they are replacing the existing granite curbs with less expensive concrete curbs. Granite curbs are along Nassau St. and many side streets. Too bad.

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