HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Borough Engineer Evan Jacobs of Neglia Engineering Associates provided an update on the status of various projects to the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council at the August 13 meeting.
Jacobs spoke first in regards to a 2020 NJDOT Municipal Aid program application. Jacobs noted that Hasbrouck Heights applied unsuccessfully for a grant last year, noting that the grants that were awarded went to larger projects. The grants are to help municipalities with infrastructure projects that deal with roads impacted by freight and heavy commercial traffic.
He proposed that the Hasbrouck Heights apply for grants for the second phase of the Henry Street repaving project, as that is one of the larger projects the town has on its plan.
Jacobs then updated the Council on the 2019 Municipal Road Program, noting that the repaving of Henry Street should begin within a few weeks. The job have been authorized to be put out to bid and should begin work in September. Also out to bid is the Raymond Street project (Burton Ave to Terrace Ave and Boulevard to Woodside Avenue.
Two additional projects, Prospect Street (Williams Ave to Ottawa Ave) and Hasbrouck Avenue (Williams Avenue to Hillside Avenue) are also out for bid. Depending on the results, these projects could begin in October..
Additional road programs, funded under grants from the Community Development Block Grant program have been combined for bidding purposes and sent out for bid. The bid opening is scheduled for August 22, and the award should be made shortly thereafter. Work should commence in the fall. This is for the Myers Avenue project and the Pasadena/Charlton Avenues project.
Bidding is also out for the resilient surface for the Woodland Park Playground, with the bid opening scheduled for August 22.
Jacobs spent considerable time speaking about various drainage complaints from different properties within the borough. Jacobs noted that New Jersey has seen record rainfalls this year, and that in some instances, the flooding problems are the water tables pushing water up from the ground in areas that had previously not had the issue.
He noted that the Hasbrouck Heights DPW has been monitoring the drainage system, and has been performing maintenance of the sewer lines to reduce the potential for blockages. He also noted that in many of the areas that are registering complaints, the topography of the area contributes to the issue.
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