ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
APRIL 2020

Charles Carbone, Supervising Engineering Aide

 

COVID-19 CRISIS

On March 17th the Township closed all municipal buildings to non-essential public access.  On March 20th the Township closed all municipal buildings to non-essential staff.  Since March 23rd, Engineering Division staff have been working from home with limited access to the office on a case by case basis as permitted by the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Coordinator.  During this unprecedented time the Engineering Division continues to provide as much service to the community as possible.

GREENWOOD LAKE PARK & RIDE

At the request of the Director of Public Works, the Greenwood Lake Park & Ride parking lot was marked out for parking stall striping by Department of Public Works (DPW) staff.

HIGH CREST DRIVE BRIDGE

An emergency inspection and analysis was performed as a result of a Suez, NJ water main break near the bridge.  The Director of Public Works was informed of the recommended repairs outlined in the resulting report.

LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW

Two (2) initial, single family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions.  One (1) as-built / final plan was reviewed, inspected and processed.  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 Site Plan Tracker 

OXBOW LANE

Technical assistance was provided to DPW staff for the installation of previously designed storm drainage improvements to address a long-standing water issue.  The project, consisting of 1600 feet of pipe and 11 new structures began late in 2019.

UPPER HIGH CREST ROAD WATER LINE

A preconstruction conference telephone call was held with Passaic Valley Water Commission, the contractor, the local police department and Engineering Division staff to review the construction requirements for the installation of a new water main.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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 34 occasions.  Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 6 of these issues.
  • Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 3 occasions.
  • Twenty no charge maps were made for other offices, boards and committees.
  • File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 3 occasions.
  • Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 3 occasions.
  • 8 Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
  • A telephone conference call with Passaic Valley Water Commission and contractor regarding the replacement of the water line in Upper High Crest Road, took place.
  • Updated the Facilities Committee spreadsheet of Township Active projects.
  • A review of, and telephone conference call held regarding, the alternative bridge designs for the possible reconstruction of the Stowaway Road bridge.

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS

 

AWOSTING ROAD – SECTION 2

Close out documents for the Awosting Road, Section 2 NJDOT grant project were prepared.  This project is partially funded by a $273,000 Local Aid grant.

CANISTEAR ROAD - SECTION 3

Close out documents for the Canistear Road Section 3 NJDOT grant project were prepared.  This project is partially funded by a $315,000 Local Aid grant.

CLINTON ROAD –SECTION 3

Preliminary field work and construction plan preparation for the milling and paving of Clinton Road between Passaic County Bridge #1600-175 to Bridge #1600-177 is underway.  This project is being partially funded by an NJDOT Municipal Aid grant.

RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5

A field meeting was attended with a representative of Verizon in an attempt to resolve the final utility conflict impeding completion of this final section of the Bikeway.  Utility relocations have hindered this project since July 2018.  Contractors have been contacted regarding punch list items after the remaining phone service is relocated prior to surface paving.  The Governing Body approved, by resolution, surface paving utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.  With NJDOT Local-Aid approval, the original contractor was released in 2019, due to the extensive utility relocation delays.  The reconstruction of Ridge Road between Vreeland Road and Baron Road is being partially funded under an NJDOT Municipal Aid grant.

RIDGE ROAD – SECTION 6

Preliminary field work and construction plan preparation for the milling and paving of Ridge Road between Union Valley Road and Cahill Cross Road has begun.  This project is being partially funded by an NJDOT Municipal Aid grant.

ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

During the current crisis, the contractor has indicated a willingness to continue with the road assessment project for Harrison, Jefferson, Walnut and Paul Streets.  Base course paving was completed and repaired as needed.  Remaining construction items include asphalt curb, driveway restoration, surface course pavement and property restoration.  Full-time inspection is provided throughout construction. Utility companies were contacted for the removal of a utility pole on Paul Street within the proposed improvements.