ENGINEERING DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT
NOVEMBER 2020

Charles Carbone, P.E., Supervising Engineering Aide

 

LOT DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW

One (1) initial, single-family, residential lot development plans were reviewed for compliance with Section 110-4 of the Township Code and any applicable Board resolutions.  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.

HIGH CREST ROAD

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 approximately 25 feet of pipe and 2 new structures was completed in late November.

2020-2021 WINTER STORM MAINTENANCE

The design of the 2020-2021 snowplow routes began for DPW staff and the six contractors providing 38 additional manned trucks to supplement Township manpower and equipment.  The route maps are produced utilizing ArcGIS software and provided to the contractors.  Supplemental documents for winter storm maintenance were prepared for use during the winter season.

STORMWATER MAPPING

The Township received a grant from the Highlands Council for the GIS mapping of all the Township storm sewers, outfalls and detention basins to comply with the requirements of NJDEP for a Tier ‘A’ municipality. A coordination meeting was held with the consulting engineering firm.

 

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 21 occasions.  Field inspections, photographs, reports and/or follow up were required for 4 of these issues.
  • Technical assistance was provided, for various issues, to other departments on 16 occasions.
  • File research, map copies and/or information were provided to professionals on 6 occasions.
  • Assistance was provided to builders, contractors and utilities on 3 occasions.
  • 2 large format map copies were made at $5.00 each.
  • Research and outreach to other agencies was performed for Engineering records regarding an ongoing road maintenance concern.
  • A safety training webinar was attended.
  • A protecting children webinar was attended.
  • A preliminary meeting for the 2021 budget was attended.
  • 1 Right-of-Way Entry permits were reviewed, inspected and forwarded to the Clerk’s Office for processing.
  • The Right-of-Way Entry permit application process was reviewed with Clerk’s Office staff.
  • A Community Development Block Grant V2 grant was applied for from Passaic County.
  • An on-site meeting was attended with a resident who has an ongoing water issue.
  • Engineering supplies and equipment were reviewed and purchased to replenish used supplies during this year’s construction season.

 

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.  The design and review by multiple agencies are anticipated to be completed over the winter to allow construction to begin early in the 2021 construction season.  This 0.8-mile project is being partially funded by a $215,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.

RIDGE ROAD - SECTION 6

Positive results for material sampling (core tests) were received from the third-party contractor as required by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  The resurfacing of Ridge Road between Union Valley Road and Cahill Cross Road was complete October 1st.  After the completion of the remaining items of construction, (anticipated early December) the NJDOT Local Aid Office will be notified for final inspection, as required for this grant project.  This 1.2-mile project is being partially funded by a $290,000 State Aid roadway infrastructure grant.

2020 TOWNSHIP CRACK SEAL PROGRAM

The Contractor confirmed a potential start date of early December as a result of unfavorable weather.  This year’s program awarded by the Governing Body through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council is designed to seal surface pavement cracks on portions of Henderson Road, Oak Drive, Cooper Road, Silver Lane, Gold Lane, Circle Drive, Ash Road, Cliff Road, Winetka Lane, Milford Lane, Melody Lane, Center Street (Melody Lane to O’Leary Road), Center Street (Carolyn Street to Belleau Gateway), Charles Street, Maisie Lane, Vine Avenue, Old Road, Leslie Drive, Larsen Road, East Park Drive, Clinton Road (Warwick Turnpike to Clinton View Terrace), Delaware Road and Magnolia Road.  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 pavement by as much as five years.

2020 TOWNSHIP GUIDE RAIL PROGRAM

A preliminary list of guide rail replacement locations was prepared for the contractor.  This year’s program awarded by the Governing Body through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council is designed to replace guide rail on Clinton Road, Gould Road, High Crest Drive, Nosenzo Pond Road, Otterhole Road and Warwick Turnpike.

2020 TOWNSHIP ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM

The contracted milling and paving of roads in the 2020 Township Road Resurfacing Program began on October 5th and completed on November 6th.  Unfavorable weather extended the resurfacing program as a result of rain cancellations.  Full-time inspection was provided to the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council paving contractor for the milling and paving of all roads included in this year’s program.  State law requires that Asphalt Escalation applies to all contracts containing more than 1,000 tons of asphalt.  When the worldwide commodity price of AC (Asphaltic Cement) is up, the contractor must receive additional compensation above the contract price per ton.  When the AC is down, the customer receives a reduction in the price per ton.  The reduction provides the Township a credit in cost, reducing the total project cost.  The 6.87-mile 2020 program roads included Banker Road, Blackfoot Road, Burnt Meadow Road (between House #753 and the end of roadway pavement), Caldwell Road, Clinton Road (between 1,550’ north of Van Orden Road and continuing 0.8 miles), Dayton Road, Elmwood Court, Franklin Court, Germantown Road (between 1,850’ north of Route 23 and Forest Hill Drive), Glen Drive, Haddon Road, Hamilton Drive, Island Trail (Township-owned portion), Laramie Trail (Township-owned portion), Lakeshore Drive (between Passaic Drive and 1,500’ south of Mapleshade Road), Louis Avenue, Mark Terrace, Mountainside Road, Olde Hickory Road, Old Lakeside Road South, Otterhole Road (between Weaver Road and the Township line), Pool Drive, Relda Avenue, Sophie Avenue, Spruce Point Trail (Township-owned portion), Ulster Street, Westwood Court, Wooley Road (between House #95 and House #267) and Yale Road.  The contractor was notified of minor punch list items for repair and completion and indicated a meeting date in early December for review of the items.  The striping and pavement markings of resurfaced main roads were marked out for contracted striping utilizing the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.