ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
JUNE 2020

Charles Carbone, P.E., 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.  Between March 23rd and June 12th, Engineering Division staff worked from home with limited access to the office on a case by case basis as permitted by the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Coordinator.  All Township staff returned to office operations full-time after June 15th with public visitation by appointment only.

HIGH CREST DRIVE

Field work was performed prior to the design of drainage improvements.

LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW

Two (2) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions.  Three (3) 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.

2021 NJDOT MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS

The Township Council approved, by resolution, submission of municipal aid applications for sections of Morsetown Road, Clinton Road and Westbrook Road under roadway preservation and bikeway categories.  The applications were submitted through NJDOT S.A.G.E. (System for Administering Grants Electronically) prior to the July 1st deadline.

OXBOW LANE

Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for the continuation of a storm water drainage project to address a drainage concern.

POOL DRIVE

Field work was performed prior to the design of drainage improvements.

2020-2021 SNOW PLOWING SERVICES

The 2020-2021 Snow Plowing Services specifications were reviewed and revised as needed with a potential receipt of bids at the end of July.  The Township contracts for private snow plowing services (trucks and drivers) annually to supplement in-house manpower and equipment.  The DPW is responsible for snow and ice removal on all 194 miles of Township, non-Township and private roads within West Milford.

VIRGINIA LANE

An inspection was performed prior to the expiration of a two-year maintenance bond for Virginia Lane.  The results of the inspection were provided to the consultant Township Engineer.

WEAVER ROAD

Technical assistance was provided to the Department of Public Works for construction of a stormwater cross drain to address an ongoing drainage concern.

 

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 29 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 42 occasions.
  • File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 2 occasions.
  • Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 5 occasions.
  • Four Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
  • One Facilities Committee Meeting was attended.
  • One conference call with Suez NJ was attended.
  • One OPRA request was responded to.
  • Two Zoning / Planning Board applications were reviewed.
  • Weekly meeting with Township Administrator was attended.
  • A zoom meeting was held with Township Officials and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Officials.

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS

 

CLINTON ROAD - SECTION 3

Preliminary field work and construction plan preparation for the resurfacing of Clinton Road between Passaic County Structures #175 and #177 continued.  This 0.8-mile project is being partially funded by a $215,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.

RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 3, CONTRACT 5

The final surface course paving of Ridge Road between Baron Road and Vreeland Road was completed on June 12th.  This NJDOT project is partially funded by a $248,228 Bikeway grant.  The Township is awaiting results of material sampling (core tests) and lane striping prior to final close out of the grant.  This is the final section of the 1999 envisioned Bikeway to connect the Town Center to the major schools complex (Highlander Drive).

RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 6

The draft construction plans and cost estimate were submitted to the consulting Township Engineer for review.  This 1.2-mile project is being partially funded by a $290,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.

ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - HARRISON, JEFFERSON, WALNUT & PAUL

Final construction items were completed.  The contractor submitted all required documents for contract closeout.  Minor punch list items to be completed were submitted to the contractor.  Areas of additional seeding will be completed in the fall during the more favorable growing conditions.

2020 TOWNSHIP CRACK SEAL PROGRAM

The field survey work for the 2020 program has begun.  Once complete, a recommendation for contract award will be provided for Township Council consideration.  Since instituting the program in 2002, the surface pavement cracks have been sealed on more than 66 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.

2020 TOWNSHIP GUIDE RAIL PROGRAM

A recommendation to award a contract to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council guide rail contractor was provided for Township Council consideration.  This year’s program intends to provide guide rail repairs on Clinton Road, Gould Road, High Crest Drive, Nosenzo Pond Road, Otterhole Road and Warwick Turnpike.

2020 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM

The field survey work for the 2020 program has begun.  A recommendation to award a contract to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council road resurfacing contractor was provided for Township Council consideration.