ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
Charles Carbone, P.E., Supervising Engineering Aide
BURNT MEADOW ROAD
A preliminary walk-through inspection was performed with Orange & Rockland staff prior to the start of final restoration work as a result of an expansion of underground utility lines. The work, milling and paving, is tentatively scheduled for June.
LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
Seven (7) as-built / final plans were reviewed, inspected and processed as needed. Two (2) as-built / final plans were reviewed, inspected and processed as needed. 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.
NJDOT LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS FUND
A grant application was prepared and submitted for this NJDOT grant opportunity to make application for a $668,000 allotment request to partially fund a potential road improvement project for Westbrook Road – Section 4, between Ridge Road and the Westbrook Teen Center. The project proposes modest widening and comprehensive striping to promote an extension of the existing bikeway in West Milford. The Governing Body approved a resolution for application submission and the application was submitted prior to the June 1st deadline.
NJDOT MUNICIPAL AID FY2024
As part of the application process for New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid FY2024 Grants, potential projects were reviewed and evaluated. West Milford qualifies for the submission of two Municipal Aid grants intended for road improvement projects. A traffic counter was dispatched to roadways as part of the preliminary evaluation process for the application.
Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works (“DPW”) for the replacement of a failing stormwater drainage pipe. Major restoration work, including concrete curb replacement, will be included in a future replacement program while minor restoration work, such as top soil and seed, was performed by DPW staff.
TOWNSHIP ANNEX PROJECT
As part of the ongoing renovation and alterations work, concerns and potential conflicts discovered by the Contractor were reviewed and discussed with Township staff as needed. Quotes were sought for a future access system project and a future security camera project. Concerns regarding the building renovation work were discussed with the design architect and Contractor as needed. The renovation project intends to convert the former Library building to municipal office space.
VILLAGE ON RIDGE
A meeting with Township staff was held on May 17th to discuss concerns brought forward by the developer of the project. The current status of the project along with concerns requested by the developer was discussed.
- 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 45 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 7 of these issues.
- Technical assistance, regarding lot development plans, storm drainage issues, active construction projects, flood zones, right-of-way issues, etc. were provided to concerned residents on 60 occasions. Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 10 of these issues.
- Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 79 occasions.
- File research, map copies and/or information was provided to professionals on 7 occasions.
- Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 6 occasions.
- 4 Right of Way Entry Permit Application was received, processed, and returned to the Clerk’s office.
- 3 OPRA requests were responded to.
- An Americans with Disabilities Act meeting was attended.
- A Joint Environmental Remediation Committee meeting was attended.
- Assistance (office or field inspection) was provided to residents regarding 1 potential soil operation
- Multiple technical support sessions were required due to computer software disruptions for road design software and desktop software.
- Two Administrator meetings were attended.
- Assistance was provided to the Zoning Office on three occasions requiring additional field inspection.
- Soil Conservation District was contacted regarding soil grading activities on six occasions.
- NJDEP Green Acres was contacted as part of a follow up response regarding a portion of Green Acres property in order to determine its current status. Conversations led to a brief review of Township property history
- At the request of the High Crest Lodge Board of Trustees this Division met with the Police Department to discuss having “No Parking” signs along a portion of High Crest Drive and Hearthstone Drive, in the area of the beach.
GERMANTOWN ROAD – SECTION 1
A walk-through inspection was performed on Germantown Road, between Macopin Road and 0.8-miles south, as part of the design process for this NJDOT FY2022 Municipal Aid grant resurfacing project. Existing conditions were documented and potential future work was recorded for design of the project (estimated in June). This resurfacing project is partially funded by a $332,000 State Aid roadway grant.
ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – HANOVER, ALPINE, ET AL
The Hanover, Alpine, Princeton, Lyons and Beverly Road Improvement Project design continued. The preliminary design was reviewed internally and is intended to be revised as needed prior to being provided to the consultant Township Engineer for review. The proposed project intends to improve, through special assessment charged to the potentially benefiting property owners, Hanover Road, Alpine Court, Princeton Road (portion), Lyons Road (portion), and Beverly Court. These dirt/gravel roads were accepted by ordinance in the summer of 2019. A special assessment ordinance was approved by the Governing Body in April 2022 at a Town Council meeting to award the funding for this project.
STOWAWAY ROAD BRIDGE
The Stowaway Road bridge is being replaced by a new superstructure. The consultant engineering firm provided revised plans for review. Specifications were prepared for the replacement of the bridge. The project will be put out for bid in early June.
2022 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING – Gould Road, Van Orden Road
Final minor punch list items and repairs were completed by the Contractor. A final payment application will The Contractor was contacted regarding remaining minor work, repair work and payment procedures for the remainder of the project and an estimated timeframe for completion. The resurfacing project accounted for the repaving of 1.8-miles of Township roads.
2023 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING
Preliminary field work continued for the proposed roads included in the 2023 resurfacing program. Design field work will begin as the schedule allows to begin operations to identify required preparatory work and similar prior to scheduling resurfacing. The Department of Public Works was provided the list of roads previously in order to begin maintenance of the roadways when weather and time allows.
UNION VALLEY ROAD, GREENWOOD LAKE TURNPIKE, LAKESIDE ROAD, & STAINSBY ROAD – TRAFFIC SIGNAL
As part of the ongoing work to move forward with the proposed traffic signal project at the Union Valley Road, Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Lakeside Road and Stainsby Road intersection, a meeting was held with the consultant traffic engineer to review concerns of the preliminary design and ongoing concerns regarding the property boundaries and limits of the project. A legal opinion was requested and provided by the Township Attorney in regards to the extent of the property boundaries. The consultant traffic engineer intends to continue the design based upon the Township Attorney’s response.