ROXBURY, NJ – The township is spending about $1.1 million this year on municipal road resurfacing, and some of the projects are already underway, officials said.
This week, the township Department of Public Works (DPW) tackled Mill Road in the Berkshire Valley area, a road that connects Berkshire Valley Road to West Dewey Avenue, Raths said.
The crews are then planning to move to Landing, where they will mill and re-pave Wills Road, Vail Road (between Morse Place and Logan Drive), Logan Drive (from Vail Road to Wills Road) and Atlas Road. Raths said these projects should be finished before the weekend, weather permitting.
“You’re going to see a lot of paving going on this year,” he said, noting plans call for about six miles of road resurfacing in 2017. The goal is to re-pave every Roxbury road, depending on condition, every 20 to 25 years, Raths said.
Later this year, roads in the historic Hercules Park section of Kenvil will be blessed with a “complete reconstruction” said the manager. “It’s been many, many years since that’s been resurfaced and it will include sidewalks as well,” he commented.
Raths gave the paving update at a “town hall” meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council held in Succasunna on Tuesday. Only a handful of residents attended.
Mayor Mark Crowley noted the governing body has adopted a municipal budget that requires no tax increase. He said the council’s conservative financing approach will leave Roxbury free of municipal debt in 2018, meaning it can spend money on road improvements instead of interest payments.
“You can see that the (DPW) crews are out there,” Crowley said. “We did pass the capital budget early so (the DPW) can get started on those contracts. There will be no general obligation debt as of next year.”
Raths noted that several hundred thousand dollars will also be spent this year on sidewalk repairs throughout Roxbury.
He urged residents to contact town hall if they, or groups they are in, are interested in helping with the Roxbury “clean communities” effort. This entails “adopting” a road or park and taking responsibility for cleaning litter.
“This time of year is often the roughest time of year,” Raths acknowledged, referring to litter that can be seen along roads and fences throughout the township. “You see evidence of people’s bad habits, leaving stuff lying around during the winter,” he said.
At the meeting, Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall noted that the council and the township Recreation Department are mulling significant improvements to Horseshoe Lake Park. Among those possible changes will be the creation of more parking, drainage and lighting enhancements and the replacement of softball fields with general-purpose fields including, possibly, an artificial turf field.