MILLBURN, NJ — A trio of ordinances adopted on second reading in last night's township committee meeting have begun to pave the way for a new traffic light at one of the most dangerous intersections in town.
The intersection of White Oak Ridge Road, Hobart Avenue and Hobart Gap Road is infamous in town for being a particularly tough crossing even under the best of circumstances. At a meeting early last month, the committee approved the first reading on ordinances 2551-20, 2552-20 and 2553-20, which began the process of adoption.
Watch the segment of the township committee meeting about all three ordinances here.
2551-20 deals with the property at 383 Hobart Ave., 2552-20 is 48 Hobart Gap Rd. and 2553-20 is 375 Hobart Ave. The land to be converted for traffic signals can be acquired by the township through a number of means, including purchase, gift, lease, exchange or condemnation.
As part of the adoption of all three ordinances, Business Administrator Alex McDonald or the firm of Maraziti, Falcon, LLP are now authorized to present the property owners at all three sites an offer for their property portion.
Each of the three pieces of land was appraised at the following value by the township:
- 383 Hobart Ave. — $1,700
- 48 Hobart Gap Rd. — $4,000
- 375 Hobart Ave. — $2,700
As previously reported by TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, the project will be a joint effort between the township of Millburn and Essex County. Millburn's role in the project will be one of property acquisition, while the county will focus more on the plans for the traffic signal and intersection.