Government

Roselle Announces Comprehensive Road Improvement Plan

2e39e6826e0893798eef_mini_magick20170203-1346-1yqv2hc.jpg
2e39e6826e0893798eef_mini_magick20170203-1346-1yqv2hc.jpg

ROSELLE, NJ - A comprehensive road improvement plan, showcasing the extensive capital improvements made throughout the Borough in 2015 and 2016,  was released by Borough officials to illustrate Roselle’s capital needs, particularly as small towns throughout New Jersey are tasked to keep roads safe and passable amid budget constraints and other challenges. 

The process began in 2010? when Maser Consulting, P.A., was authorized by Mayor Christine Dansereau and the Borough Council to prepare a pavement management system for the Borough’s 39.6 miles of municipal roadways, and to maintain them in safe operational condition.At that time, Mayor Dansereau, then a Councilwoman, proposed a cost effective plan to assess and select roads throughout the five wards in need of repair from the worst to those recently improved, and to  distribute grant and tax payer funds for road repair and maintenance fairly and in order of condition.

Said Dansereau, “To this end an evaluation system of all our existing roads was set in a twenty year plan to provide a financial planning tool for the Borough to budget the necessary funds annually to maintain an acceptable roadway system. 

Sign Up for E-News

In addition, the mayor recommended that the borough’s decaying sewer system be repaired simultaneously with the scheduled road repairs in order to prevent unnecessary costs due to sewer system failures after roads were repaired as was done in the past. “A timely rehabilitation program rather than allowing the road to fail then reconstructing costs significantly less and saves the tax payers money while improving road safety and the overall appearance of our town.”

This road management program includes curbing, tree removal, sidewalk repairs and new aprons. “Every roadway has been mapped in each of the five wards of the borough along with the condition of each and every one so there is no second guessing or discriminating in the selection of the roads for repairs when it comes time to do the work,” Mayor Dansereau reported.

Borough Administrator David G. Brown II said the plan, which comprises all or portions of nearly 50 Borough throughways, has been years in the making. “In Roselle and in so many older towns around the state, it’s critical to make these necessary upgrades to our infrastructure.”

Councilman Reginald Atkins says, the investment in the Borough’s infrastructure is among Roselle’s top priorities. “We have to look at these improvements as a long-term investment in the Borough,” Atkins said. “This is just as much about having sturdy, passable roadways, as it is about promoting bicycle safety, creating safe access at our crosswalks for children and residents with disabilities, and improving our neighborhoods in ways that can increase our property values,” he added.

“Nearly five years ago, the Borough began setting aside funds for a multi-year road improvement effort. We have our long-term goals and then each year, we assess our roadways again to make sure we remain on track,” Atkins added. 

Third Ward Councilwoman Andrea Staten placed an emphasis on quality of life stating that the Third Ward saw major improvements to several roads feeding into Chestnut Street. “People gauge their community based on their day-to-day experiences and interactions. This is one significant way that we can ensure that the Borough is providing the level of services our residents demand,” she said.

Fifth Ward Councilman Samuel Bishop, whose jurisdiction is experiencing residential development on what used to be the Roselle Golf Club, said budgeting for long-term capital improvements is essential for any future development. 

“As is the case with any project, we have to consider the impact on our roads and sidewalks,” Bishop said. “This project does just that as we plan for the future.”

Funding for the project includes capital provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and from Community Development Block Grants, as well as funds reserved for the Borough's long-term capital improvement plans. 

The Pavement Management System Manual will soon be available on the Borough of Roselle website. 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Union County’s Free Summer Concert Series Launches Fri, June 22

June 22, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join ...

Register by June 18 for Summer of Fun Camp in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - Get your kids ready for best eight weeks of their young lives, as Roselle presents the 2018 version of its summer fun camp for borough youngsters.

Under the direction of Recreation Director Donald Shaw, borough officials have put together eight weeks of fun, from outdoor adventures, to movies, to arts and crafts, to bowling to swimming. There are also visits to a lake and to a ...

Vitale Family to Hold “Alex's Lemonade Stand” Fundraiser

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Vitale Family in Roselle Park will be participating in "Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer" this Saturday, June 16. 

The Vitale family has a son Matteo who has pediatric cancer and they want to help raise awareness.

The family will have a lemonade stand in front of there home at 718 Chestnut Street in Roselle Park, to raise ...

Roselle Park Bulk Collection Company Experiencing Significant Delays

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Park's Bulk Waste Collection contractor is experiencing significant delays at the solid waste transfer station designated by the Union County Utilities Authority. 

Due to these disposal delays, residents should expect delayed pickups today and Friday, as applicable, and potentially through the weekend.

The Borough remains in close ...

Roselle PBA to Host 2nd Annual Free Softball Clinic

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle PBA will be hosting their 2nd Annual Free Softball Clinic at Sylvester Land Field for all ages and skill levels.

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 10. Youth ages 5 to 11 will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and ages 12 to 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

While the event is primarily for girls, boys are also welcome to join in on the fun that will ...

Make Music Roselle Park Lineup Includes Rock Bands, Singer-songwriters, Free Harmonica Lesson

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The lineup for the first-ever Make Music Roselle Park will include two rock bands, a pair of singer-songwriters, a free beginner harmonica lesson and more.

The event being held on June 21, Make Music Roselle Park is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

June 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Register Today for Summer Youth Courses Offered at Union County College

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is expanding its course offerings for youth ages 11-18. Classes are taught by NJ-certified teachers and subject matter experts that specialize in delivering high-quality youth programs. Classes begin the week of June 25 and run through August 23.

Classes offered include Introduction to Musical Theater, ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...