ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Eric Miller, Supervising Engineering Aide
BURNT MEADOW ROAD
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the replacement of 73 feet of failed drainage pipe responsible for a long standing drainage issue.
Field survey and design was performed for a precast concrete structure to replace a failing storm drainage inlet at the intersection of Jamesburg Road and Denville Court in the Upper Greenwood Lake development.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
Two (2) as-built / final plans were reviewed, inspected and approved. All lot development plan review results are entered into the “Spatial Data Logic” system. The results are also posted for public consumption within the Engineering Division section of the Township’s website (www.westmilford.org) under the Lot Development Plan Tracker.
2019 MUNICIPAL AID
Applications were prepared and submitted through S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically) for 2019 grants for sections of Ridge Road, Clinton Road and Cahill Cross Road. The Governing Body approved the submission of the applications by resolution on October 3rd.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The post card votes returned for the possible benefitting properties were evaluated. Although not included in the original petition, Florence Road properties were included in the post card vote as Florence Road is contiguous to the roads included in the petition. The majority of the Florence Road property owners did not return the post card or voted no, therefore the final report submitted to Administration focused on the original petition. For the possible 55 benefitting properties represented in the original petition to include Hanover Road, Princeton Road, Lyons Road, Alpine Court and Beverly Court, 33 post cards were returned. The total vote tally resulted in 24 yes votes and 9 no votes.
ROAD RATING LIST
The bifurcation of the Township Road Rating List into main roads (collector / arterial) and local roads (neighborhood / residential) has been completed. The Road Rating List is generated from the Pavement Management Program (PMP) and is utilized to determine road resurfacing priorities. Now in use for more than 15 years the PMP has confirmed the fact that main roads deteriorate more quickly than local roads. Therefore, funding appropriations should be considered separately. The two lists were submitted to the Township Administrator at the October 29th budget hearing.
- 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 50 occasions.Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 12 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 112 occasions.
- Four large format copies were made for $5.00 each.Eight Township street maps were provided to the Clerk’s Office for public sale.Twenty-four no charge maps were made for other offices, boards and/or committees.
- File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 19 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 17 occasions.
- Reviewed consulting Township Engineer payment vouchers on one occasion.
- Two Zoning Board of Adjustment applications were reviewed for any possible conflicts with Township infrastructure.
- A meeting was attended with Columbia Bank Foundation representatives and Administration to discuss possible grant project for West Milford.
- One department head meeting was attended.
- A preliminary 2019 budget hearing was attended with the Governing Body to discuss the possible financial impacts of the efficiency study.
- Research, analysis, field inspections and reports completed for regulatory signs at two locations.
- The 3rd quarter activity report for the Sediment Control Retrofit Program was completed and distributed to stakeholders.
- Four Street Excavation permits were reviewed, bond established and returned to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
- One Street Excavation bond release inspection was performed and processed.
- Technical assistance provided to DPW staff to investigate/troublshoot a storm drainage issue on Louis Avenue.
Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the replacement of a 50’ long section of failed storm drainage pipe in advance of contract paving. The improvements to Mary Street are being included under the 2018 Township Road Resurfacing Program.
RESERVOIR ROAD – SECTION 3
The Governing Body approved the recommendation of award to the low bid contractor. A preconstruction meeting was held and construction is anticipated for mid-November. All NJDOT paperwork has been brought up-to-date. This project is being partially funded by a $250,000 State Aid grant. All NJDOT reporting paperwork has been brought up to date.
RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 4
The final project close-out paperwork, submitted to the NJDOT, was approved by Local Aid – Mt. Arlington. The final 25% payment voucher was initiated through S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically).
RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5
Full time daily inspection is being provided for the reconstruction of Ridge Road between Vreeland Road and Baron Road. The clearing, storm drainage, curb, milling and base course pavement has been completed, however the project is being held up by Verizon utility pole relocations. The project is being partially funded by a $248,228 State Aid grant.
ROADWAY CRACK SEALING PROGRAM
The annual road resurfacing capital appropriation historically includes guiderail repairs and roadway crack sealing. Due to escalating asphalt prices all of the 2018 funding is being directed toward paving. Field inspections were performed to identify roads / sections of roads for a 2019 crack sealing project. Industry research indicates that crack sealing will extend the life of the surface course by up to 5 years.