ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Eric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide
The preliminary engineering analysis of the flooding issue has been completed. A pre-application meeting has been set with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) – Trenton for May 16th. What the NJDEP will permit is the critical next step toward alleviating the local flooding caused by the flat ditch in this environmentally sensitive area.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff to locate the gas main in the area of proposed storm drainage improvements. Office comparison to the design of the proposed improvements indicates that the only alternative requires the gas main to be relocated.
DE HART AVENUE
The Township Council approved the resolution to permit the existing non-conforming use to remain. The applicant will now be permitted to replace the existing septic delivery line that lies within an unimproved paper street adjacent to De Hart Avenue.
Engineering Division staff attended a DPW Supervisor’s meeting to discuss problems and proposed projects for 2017 that require survey, design and/or technical assistance. Minutes of the meeting were prepared and distributed.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the replacement of failing concrete storm drainage pipe throughout Glenda Drive. The construction was halted due to excessive water as a result of the wet spring weather. The project will be recommenced when conditions improve. Glenda Drive has been included in the 2017 Road Resurfacing Program.
A report was prepared for the Clerk’s Office to outline recommendations for fee adjustments pertaining to DPW and Engineering.
JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION COMMITTEE
A meeting was called by the Health Officer to discuss implementation of 2017 funding for ongoing remediation projects on Township owned properties.
Field survey results were compared to NJDOT standards to address a resident request for guiderail along Lee Court. The area in question does not meet any of the warrants and a report was generated to detail the analysis.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
On April 17, 2017 the NJDOT gave a presentation to the Township Council on a concept design proposal for the replacement of bridge #1605-174, Route 23 northbound, just south of Canistear Road. A resolution was prepared and submitted to the NJDOT Commissioner to demonstrate support for the project. This is the first step in a long process that will eventually result in construction of the new bridge.
A materials list was generated from the design of the replacement of the roadway retaining wall at Lindy’s Drive. The information was submitted to the DPW for pricing of materials for this in-house construction project.
A letter was drafted to the NJDOT Commissioner, from the Mayor, to request a traffic investigation of wrong way motorists on Route 23.
SUGAR MAPLE AVENUE
In order to finalize the design for the storm drainage reconfiguration project to address a long-standing local flooding issue, DPW and Engineering staff will meet with the impacted property owners. The meeting has been set for Town Hall at 6:30 pm on May 11th.
- Technical assistance, regarding lot development plans, storm drainage issues, active construction projects, flood zones, right-of-way issues, etc. was provided to concerned residents on 43 occasions.Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 17 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 85 occasions.
- Three large format map copies were made for $5.00 each. Seventy three no-charge map copies were made for other Township Departments, Boards and Committees.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to local engineers, land surveyors and attorneys on 12 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders and contractors on 9 occasions.
- A basic plan of existing conditions for the Bubbling Springs Day Camp was prepared for the Recreation.
- A second request was sent to the Passaic County Planning Department for information on bikeway implementation on County roads within West Milford.Comments on the County response were submitted to Administration.
- A road sweeping tracking map was prepared for DPW.
- One Street Excavation Permit was reviewed and submitted to the Clerk’s Office.
- One department head meeting was attended.
- Two temporary outdoor activity permits were reviewed and forwarded.
- Review of consulting Township Engineer vouchers on one occasion.
- 10 copies of the new (2 sided) Township Street map were printed for the Clerk’s Office.
- A list of UGL non-Township roads showing the level of improvement was prepared for the UGLPOA.
- Two lien assignment requests were reviewed.Reports were submitted to the Tax Collector.
- Research and report to Administration on the County bridge project in Ringwood.
ROADWAY CRACK SEAL PROGRAM
The field survey work for the 2017 program has been completed. The final program recommendation is dependent upon the road resurfacing contract award as the funding is derived from the same source. Since instituting the program in 2002, surface pavement cracks have been sealed on more than 64 miles of Township roads. Studies show that sealing pavement cracks can extend the service life of the surface course by as much as five years.
2017 GUIDE RAIL PROGRAM
The field survey work for the 2017 Guiderail Program has been completed. The final program recommendation is dependent upon the road resurfacing contract award as the funding is derived from the same source. Some additional funding is derived from insurance payments recovered from damage caused by motor vehicle accidents.
HARRISON, JEFFERSON, WALNUT & PAUL
The preliminary boundry analysis (office) has been completed. The next step is to field locate property markers in order to establish the right-of-way in relation to the existing dirt/gravel roads and any constraints that may affect the road and/or storm drainage design.
RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 4
The construction documents were submitted and approved by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Local Aid – Mt. Arlington. Bids have been scheduled to be received on May 26th. The reconstruction of Ridge Road between Alpine Ridge Road and Vreeland Road is being partially funded by a $250,000 State Aid grant. The Hudson, Essex, Passaic Soil Conservation District (HEPSCD) application for plan certification has been submitted.
2017 ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM
A preliminary (rainy day) inspection was performed for all roads included in this year’s project to identify any possible storm water issues to be addressed prior to paving. A materials list (replacement castings) was also prepared.
2017 SEDIMENT CONTROL RETROFIT PROGRAM
2017 is the sixth year of the S.C.R.P. and all UGL Priority “A” outfalls have been addressed as well as two Priority “B” outfalls. This year’s project (Sewell Cove) was elected by the UGLPOA from the remaining six Priority “B” outfalls. The Priority “A” outfalls were addressed by contract construction while the Priority “B” projects have been addressed by in-house staff (design & construction). The field survey and design work for 2017 has been completed and approved by the Director of Public Works.
SHARED SALT BUILDING
Final revisions to the construction plans and specifications, for this joint Township/County project, were completed and approved. The County has advertised for the receipt of bids on May 19th. For this fourth bid attempt the project has been bifurcated into a Site Work/Demolition contract and a Salt Building contract. If the lowest qualified bid is within the available funding pool, the project is proposed to be constructed before next winter.
WARWICK TURNPIKE #1600-447
The Police Department and Engineering Division provided representation at the preconstruction meeting in Paterson. A follow up joint utility field meeting was attended by Police, DPW and Engineering. The tentative schedule is to begin construction on May 15th. Passaic County bridge #1600-447 carries Warwick Turnpike (Township road) over the Little Green Brook. Township staff is working in support of this County project to minimize anticipated traffic impacts, to the community, for this bridge replacement project.