UNION, NJ – There are 648 roads (that’s 135 road miles) in the Township of Union, not counting county and state-managed roads, and a good number of them are being milled and repaved this year.
According to the township’s Department of Public Works Superintendent Lou Ulrich, there are plans to mill and pave more than 50 township roads through the township’s road program, roadwork through county and state programs and those being milled and paved as a result of underground utility work by the gas company.
“Every day, we are out there evaluating the roads,” Ulrich said. “Between myself, our general supervisor and our road supervisor, we are proactive in identifying and remedying street defects.” Ulrich said DPW also relies on reports from residents via the township’s website and App or phone calls to DPW. “The best way to get something addressed, is to call us directly,” said Ulrich. “We welcome it.”
County roads to be milled and repaved include Burnet Avenue and Chestnut Street (held over from the governor’s 2016 roadwork stop order), McGee Avenue, Salem Road (Morris Avenue to the Hillside border) and Galloping Hill Road.
The NJDOT has authorized roadwork to begin on Morris Avenue, from the Springfield border to Caldwell Avenue. According to township officials, this is the first section of Morris Avenue to be resurfaced. Work on the second section, from Lehigh to North Avenues, will begin in mid-August. Roadwork between Caldwell and Lehigh Avenues is scheduled for 2018.
As part of the upcoming Streetscape Project, Stuyvesant Avenue will undergo a transformation to include milling and paving of the road, new seating, street trees, new curbs, corner treatments and a raised mid-block crossing to accommodate pedestrians. The project will occur in phases, with work to begin this week on Stuyvesant Avenue, from Vauxhall Road to Morris Avenue.
Additional upcoming roadwork includes plans from Elizabethtown Gas to upgrade the existing 20-inch cast iron gas main along Morris Avenue, from the train trestle near Green Lane to Colonial Avenue including parts of Colonial Avenue. This work has already begun.
Ulrich said road defects are either considered potholes, which are cleaned and filled, or patches, which incorporate a larger area and require more extensive work, including checking with the utility companies before digging in that area. Ulrich said patches require more time, but a temporary fill is used to alleviate any potential hazards.
“If a resident reports a concern, we assess it right away to determine if it’s a hazard,” said Ulrich. “If it is, we will provide a temporary remedy until a permanent one can be arranged.” Ulrich said Union’s DPW is committed to keeping the streets in Union safe and in good condition. “We work hard to ensure our Road Department has the resources it needs to keep the roads in good order,” said Ulrich. “And we welcome feedback from our residents.” The Department of Public Works can be reached at 908-686-1922.