February 16, 2022
Every year before budget season (which is upon us), as we contemplate which roads to pave, our DPW and Engineer drive through around Town to assess each road to determine a few things:
- Which roads on the previously created long-term road paving schedule for that year actually need it;
- Which roads, NOT on that schedule, are in the most need of paving or more drastic reconstruction and need to be moved up on the list.
- Based on the above process, our we come up with a list of roads we need to pave each year with the known funds we will have; then a "B" list of roads we will pave if we can find extra funds through grants or other funding. These roads will be discussed with Council during our budget discussions.
The Township is waiting to get closer to the end of winter to assess how all of our roads fared through the snow, ice and salt to determine priorities for new paving jobs this year. More on this process can be found here.
Here are updates on the following road projects that began last year:
- Train Station Parking Lot - We have put the contractor who will be paving the train station lot on notice to ensure Berkeley Heights is at the front of the list to get paved first once asphalt operations open for the spring.
- Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor - The contractor working on the Fairfax, Windsor and Tudor drainage and paving project is expected to resume work in April; there is still some drainage work to be done before paving can begin.
- Glenside Road - Final paving of Glenside Road is scheduled for this spring; drainage was installed late last fall and settled over the winter. Our DPW is addressing potholes on that road until the paving contractor comes out when asphalt is available.
- Kline, Kline & Fickler - We received a $410,000 grant to install drainage and to pave the area of Kline Place, Kline Blvd and Fickler Place this year; we will have to fund the difference in the 2022 budget.
- Ida-Damaged Roads - We will be applying for FEMA reimbursement – at a rate of 75%-25% (Township pays 25% of the overall cost) – for repairs to be made to the following streets, which were also damaged by Tropical Storm Ida: Kent Drive, Lenape Lane, Orchard Lane, Old Farm Road, Middle way, Chestnut Hill Drive, Runnymeade Road and Gallinson Drive.
- Other road projects will be approved in the 2022 budget.
Meanwhile, the Township is applying for an NJ Department of Transportation grant to add drainage and pave parts of Old Farm, Orchard and Mercier.