SOMERSET, NJ - During Tuesday night's council meeting Township Manager Bob Vornlocker gave an update on when storm debris will be picked up, how much has been removed to date, and what streets will be finished last. 

"The progress on the brush pick up is good, we're really making some headway now that the weather has finally cooperated," Vornlocker said. 

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There are four crews working Monday through Saturday, two working with the large loaders and dump trucks, and "two working with the wood chipper just chipping the material where it is picked up" according to Vornlocker. 

So far, 45,000 cubic yards of material has been picked up, which translates to 121,500 cubic feet of material, according to Vornlocker. 

"That's over 1,300 truckloads full to date," Vornlocker said.

When the job is completed the crews would have traveled approximately 240 linear miles, according to Vornlocker. 

The anticipated finish date for the project is Monday, May 7 or "thereabouts" except for Easton Avenue, Amwell Road and parts of Hamilton Street, according to Vornlocker. 

"Those require a different type of operation where there are four lanes and a need to shut down lanes will require all of the crews that are working through the neighborhoods to work together to get those roads done in a more expeditious fashion," Vornlocker said. 

A completion date for when Easton Avenue, Amwell Road and parts of Hamilton Street will be completed was not provided, but Vornlocker did say the work will be done. 

"I give a lot of credit to all of our public works employees who are working very hard, six days a week, extended hours," Vornlocker said. "They'll continue to do it until it is done, it is not something that we ordinarily plan to do." 

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