UNION, NJ - When Mayor Suzette Cavadas was sworn in on New Year’s Day, among her list of priorities and initiatives was a continued commitment to roads and infrastructure. As the weather starts to break, Township residents will start to see some action on the streets.
“One of the most important duties carried out by the Department of Public Works is ensuring the safety and quality of our 648 Township roads,” said Committeeman Clifton People, who serves as liaison to the Department.
Union is a unique Township with state, county, and local roads that traverse it. While this is great news for prospective renters and homeowners looking to be close to major thoroughfares, it makes maintenance of the roads in the Township a taxing task requiring the coordination of several players.
This year, the Township will be repaving 49 roads and making substantial road and other enhancements to the Special Improvement District.
“Because of the commitment of the Township Administration and the Township Committee, the most aggressive road program ever will be implemented,” said Louis Ulrich, Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.
The 2017 Road Program will be broken into three phases. To date, only details for phase one and phase two have been released, with information pending on phase three of the project; which will be funded partially by Elizabethtown Gas Co. to improve the streets that may have been affected during their work throughout the year. Currently, their plans include a list of 36 streets which can be found on the Township of Union website, www.uniontownship.com.
Phase one of the program is set to include:
- Arbor Lane (Oakland Ave. to Vauxhall Rd.)
- Winchester Ave.
- Roessner Ave
Phase two will continue with:
- Joanna Way
- Audrey Terrace (Liberty Ave. to Allen Ave.)
- Hobart Street
- Stone Street
- Garden Street
- Marion Street (Partially funded by the Community Development Block Grant)
Phase one and phase two are being funded by long term capital improvement financing with the addition of a County of Union Infrastructure Grant totaling approximately $100K plus a $100k Community Development Block Grant allocated for Marion St.
The Stuyvesant Ave Streetscape Project is rolling out alongside phases one and two of the road program with $215k of funding coming from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund.
The County of Union will also be repaving a number of streets, including Chestnut St., Burnet Ave. and a section of Salem Rd,, along with the State of New Jersey who is paving Morris Ave. from the Springfield line to Caldwell Ave., and Morris Ave. from Lehigh Ave. to North Ave. in the near future.
“While we know that road improvements can cause somewhat of an inconvenience and upset traffic patterns, our primary goal is to address the concerns of our residents pertaining to some of these roads that are in disrepair,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.
In addition to the roads outlined in the 2017 program, the Department of Public Works is in the field on a daily basis assessing roads and scheduling repairs. According to Ulrich, the Department encourages the public to continue to utilize the Township’s “Report-A-Concern” feature on their website if they need to notify the Department about a potential road hazard.