RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough engineer Stan Shrek gave an update of ongoing projects at a recent borough council meeting, including the 2019-2020 grant work planned for Woodmere and Weiss streets.

The design has been completed and is now under review by the state.

Once the NJDOT signs off on the plans, “which I expect they will,” said Shrek, “we’ll prepare to go for bid.”

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When councilman Michael Patente questioned the scope of the work for those two streets, Shrek said one speed hump is planned, along with milling, overlay, drainage work, sewer and storm pipe repairs where needed. And while there isn’t enough funding to redo all of the curbing and sidewalks, there will be spot work done where necessary.

Also, an access pathway to the park that runs along Woodmere will be installed along with an accessible handicap ramp.

Upon questioning from councilman Paul Giraldi about the sidewalks along First Avenue, Shrek said they were evaluated and it is a viable project.

He added that he will be submitting two grant applications this year to the NJDOT, one for First Avenue and another for Helene Place where it crosses Woodmere and Weiss.

Design work for the Columbus Avenue project is ongoing

Shrek said the NJ Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant he has been carrying in his report for four years is finally ready to move forward. What he described as a streetscape project, which improves or enhances walking routes and other pedestrian activities, will run from the railroad station to the Nevius Bridge and Duke Farms.

The kickoff meeting with the design consultant will be held this week.

“I think I can safely say that project is beginning and I hope we can get it to construction sometime this year,” Shrek said.

Only one project, the work being done at Raritan Johnson Association at the end of Johnson Drive, was shut down as a result of COVD-19 executive order #122. All other borough projects are still active.