CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee said in Tuesday night’s meeting that the roads chosen to be repaved this summer were chosen because they are sensible clusters that are budget-friendly, according to commissioner Ann Dooley.

According to Dooley, the roads to be re-paved this summer include: Hawthorne Street, Pine Street, Penn Road, Harvard Road, Yale Terrace, Orchard Street north of Brookside Place, Mohawk Drive, Mohican Place, Carolina Street, Sailer Street, Albany Avenue, Carol Court, Myrtle Street, Pittsfield Street, Hampton Street, Eastman Street, Meeker Avenue and Burchfield Avenue.

“Alden Street will also be completed this year,” Dooley said. “Hopefully we will be able to get all the streets I identified with our budget and if we have any additional moneys, we will add streets to it. Work should probably start at the end of July and we’ll try to get as much done before the school year. Please understand that the streets that are selected first will be closer to the schools so as not to interfere with the school traffic.”

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According to Dooley, the estimated 10-year program is unacceptable and needs to be completed sooner.

“Those of you that live on some of our very poor streets recognize that a 10-year program is way too long,” Dooley said. “We had not been doing the roads and maintaining them in the proper condition before the Great Recession. We’ve come into a problem now where the average lifespan of the road was probably terminated before 2013 or 2014, when we started the road re-pavement program. We have a long way to go and we need to be more robust about it.”

The paving program is and was always intended to be a 10-year effort, Commissioner Mary O’Connor said earlier in the meeting.

“The goal was to repave every street in town in a 10-year span before turning to maintenance,” O’Connor said. “The life of a roadway is between 15 and 20 years. This plan makes sure we will never return to the state the roads were in before. We are on schedule and 1/3 of the way through the project.”