WESTFIELD, NJ – Smoother streets are in store for the town, but first, there will be detours.

The Town Council on Tuesday approved $3.7 million for road resurfacing projects in the coming year in a plan that includes the paving of over 18 miles of roadway marking an increase over the 6 miles of roadways paved last year, officials said.

The municipality is funding more paving in the municipal budget than it typically would so it can partner with Elizabethtown Gas to repave full widths of roads disturbed by recent gas main improvements, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said.

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“If your road has been touched or it has a trench on it from Elizabethtown Gas in the past 18 months, then it is going to get paved,” Gildea said.

In sum, the municipality anticipates 31 sections of road will be repaved this year, he said. “This is basically four years of roadway being paved in one year,” Gildea said.

The roadwork includes paving Rahway Avenue from Willow Grove Road to the town’s border with Clark, he said.

The town has secured $470,000 in state and county grant monies from the municipality and estimates the Rahway Avenue repaving will cost $470,000, Gildea said. The town anticipates completing that paving over the summer, he said.

Elizabethtown Gas is slated to pave 9.82 miles of roadway on 59 roads it has disrupted over the past year-and-a-half, officials said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle thanked Elizabethtown Gas for partnering with the town.

She said the curb-to-curb paving is “the largest amount of roads ever paved in our town in an unprecedented partnership.”

There will be detours. “What does this bring?” Gildea asked. “This brings inconvenience.”

Officials promised to notify residents of road closures through social media channels, paper notifications on specific streets and through a new cell phone application Westfield Connect. More specific time frames for the road paving projects were not detailed.

Also on Tuesday, municipal officials announced the launch of the new cell phone application, which allows the public to submit service requests, including for road repairs.

“Something like a pothole might be quick, but something like shoulder work might take us two weeks to assess and get done, Gildea.

The town detailed the following summary of roadway repaving:

Ward 1
Town Paving = 1.99 miles (8 roads or sections of road)
Elizabethtown Gas Paving = 4.26 miles (23 roads or sections of road)

Ward 2
Town Paving = 1.85 miles (5 roads or sections of road)
Elizabethtown Gas Paving = 1.69 miles (14 roads or sections of road)

Ward 3
Town Paving = 2.41 miles (11 roads or sections of road)
Elizabethtown Gas Paving = .04 miles (1 section of road, as Ward 3 was spared the Elizabethtown Gas work in the past 18 months)

Ward 4
Town Paving = 2.54 miles (7 roads or sections of road)
Elizabethtown Gas Paving = 3.83 miles (21 roads or sections of road)         

A full list of roads included in the paving plan can be found here.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh