Work has begun to install a user-activated traffic signal to help bicyclists cross Ninth Street near the Haven Avenue bicycle corridor in Ocean City. The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens, posted on Friday, April 25.Dear Friends:I don’t have to tell any of you that have been driving around town lately that there is a great deal of road and drainage work underway. Some updates on the more significant projects are as follows:2nd Street Drainage Improvements: The new and enlarged outfall pipe has been installed to just past the boardwalk. The rest of the pipe will be installed over the next few weeks with completion scheduled for May 9.Asbury Avenue from 39th to 42nd Street along with the cross streets: Concrete and drainage work is complete. Paving began today and will continue into next week.West 17th Street Drainage Improvements: A small amount of concrete work remains to be finished and the paving will be restored.Pelham Place: Concrete and drainage work is complete. Paving will be done in next two to three weeks.Stenton Place: Concrete and drainage work is complete. Paving will be done in next two to three weeks.Arkansas Avenue: Concrete work is complete. Paving will be done in next two to three weeks.Bayshore Drive: Small amount of concrete work remains to be finished. Paving will follow.1100 Block of Simpson Avenue along with 11th and 12th Streets Bay Avenue to Simpson Avenue: Concrete work being completed. Paving will follow.7th and 8th Streets: Will be paved by Memorial Day Weekend.Pennlyn Place: Will be paved by Memorial Day Weekend.Merion Park Road and Drainage Improvements: Utility company work is underway in preparation for this $2.8 million project to get started shortly. This work will continue into the summer with the City’s contractor working four ten-hour days. This will allow all roads to be passable on the weekends.Bay Avenue Drainage Improvements and Road Resurfacing from 6th Street to 18th Street: Drainage and concrete work from 14th Street to 18th Streets is complete. New Jersey American Water Company is also installing new sewer lines. Milling and paving will take place in late May into June. 11th Street to 18th Street will be completed by mid-June. At that time the project will shut down for the summer and be completed in the fall.Projects other than roads and drainage that are underway include the following:Sand Fence and Dune Grass Island Wide: Just completed.15th Street Playground Improvements: The site work and drainage is done. Contractor will begin concrete work shortly in preparation for installation of the safety surface and new equipment.Installation of Hawk Signal on 9th Street: This grant funded project has just gotten underway.I appreciate everyone’s patience as these much needed projects are completed.A number of other projects are in the design phase.Have a great weekend! Utility work is underway in a major project that will bring pumping stations to Merion Park. New split-rail fencing marks beach entrances across replanted dunes in Ocean City. Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor A new outfall pipe will help drainage at Second Street in Ocean City.