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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Townwide Road Paving Updates

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December 1 Update

Exit 43 Reconstruction - Due to the impacts of tropical storm Ida, a 60-inch corrugated metal pipe adjacent to the Rt 78 West ramp to Diamond Hill Road northbound failed, which led to the ramp becoming compromised. Since that time stabilization was completed. Weather permitting, guide rail will be placed and resurfacing will take place to reopen the ramp by the end of this week.

Riceman Road, Sawmill Drive, College Ave, Powder Horn Way - Milling and paving, as well as curb work, is complete. 

Glenside Road - Drainage work has been completed and material/work will settle through winter. PSE&G will be doing gas line work in the Spring 2022; the Township will mill and pave the street in the spring after PSE&G is done with his work, so the newly paved road is not dug up by PSE&G for the utility work. 

Coop Roads - Milling and paving has been completed on Gallinson Drive, Watchung Blvd, Ford Place, Crest Drive and Crest Circle; contractor is currently working on the punch list. 

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor - After some delays relating to the gas line, drainage work has been completed and curb work continues in this area; paving will likely occur in the Spring if it cannot be completed before asphalt suppliers shut down for winter. 

November 17 Update

Riceman Road, Sawmill Drive, College Ave, Powder Horn Way - Please be advised that milling on these streets is scheduled for Monday, November 22 and surface course paving is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23.The working hours for both days by Top Line Construction will be 7:00AM to 5:00PM. During milling, the roads will remain mostly accessible with some delays to be expected. Street parking will be strictly prohibited. To avoid potential delays, it is recommended for residents to park their vehicles on a nearby off-site sideroad while milling is taking place.

During paving, the roads will become inaccessible and street parking will be prohibited. It is strongly recommended for residents to park their vehicles on a nearby off-site sideroad while paving is taking place. Please note that inclement weather may delay the milling and paving schedule. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. 

November 3 Update

The contractor will begin milling and paving the area around Governor Livingston on Thursday, November 4. The following roads will be milled and paved with the money budgeted for coop roads for this year, FY 2021: Gallinson Drive, Watchung Blvd, Crest Drive, Crest Circle, and Ford Place.  

Meanwhile, the drainage reconstruction work continues on Glenside road; please give yourself extra time to get to and from your locations when driving through here, as you need to take a detour through the GL area. Work also continues on the drainage, curbing and reconstruction on Fairfax, Windsor and Tudor. Work also began this week on Riceman, Powder Horn, Sawmill Drive West and College Avenue. 

October 27 Update

Township Gets $410,000 Road Grant for Kline Area - The Township of Berkeley Heights has received $410,000 from the Fiscal Year 2022 New Jersey state Municipal Aid Grant, for road repairs to Kline Place and Fickler Place. This area of town has been in desperate need of repair, but will take much more than paving. It needs engineering, drainage installed, curbing and overall reconstruction. The Township hopes to do the work in the Spring of 2022. 

Meanwhile, work has started on Kent and Lenape; road paving on Gallinson Drive, Watchung Blvd, Ford Place, Crest Drive and Crest Circle is expected to begin next week. 

October 20 Update

  • Glenside Road - between Mountain Avenue and Hunterdon Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning October 20 to begin the underdrain work as part of the drainage and paving project on Glenside Road; the project is estimated to take three weeks. Please use detours and drive carefully through our residential neighborhoods. 
  • Coop road project - Reconstruction work should begin on Kent and Lenape this week. Road paving on Gallinson Drive, Watchung Blvd, Ford Place, Crest Drive and Crest Circle to begin last week of October, then the contractors will move to finish the paving on Kent and Lenape.
  • Sawmill Drive West, College Ave, Powderhorn & Riceman - Paving work to begin on these roads last week of October.
  • Fairfax & Windsor - After some delays relating to the gas line, drainage and curb work continues in this area; paving will occur when this is complete.
  • Municipal complex parking lot - should be completed by first week of November; at that time, we will pave the commuter lot across the tracks near Charkoal grill; commuters can use the new municipal complex lot while that lot is being paved.

October 5 Update

  • Glenside Road - Work will begin on the Glenside Road drainage project on or around October 18. 
  • Coop road project - We are currently waiting for the coop contractor to give us dates when they will be back in town to finish the paving jobs on roads around Governor Livingston (Watchung Blvd, Gallinson Drive, Crest Circle, Ford Place, Crest Drive), as well as Kent and Lenape.
  • College, Sawmill, Riceman and Powderhorn - These road projects will begin on or around October 18. 
  • Mountain Park-area road projects - Drainage work continues on Fairfax, Tudor & Windsor; this work must be completed before paving can begin. Please drive carefully in and around this area, particularly at school pickup and dropoff time. 
  • Train station parking lot - We are waiting for the new municipal complex parking lot, which will also offer dozens more commuter parking spaces, to be complete before we close down the current commuter lot on the other side of the train tracks for repaving; this is to ensure the limited number of commuters utilizing the train at this point in time have at least one lot to park in at any given point in time. We tentatively plan on the paving job of the old commuter lot to begin in early November. 

Meanwhile, several of our Township roads were severely washed out or otherwise degraded during Tropical Storm Ida last month, as well as three of our stone headwalls. We are currently putting together estimates for repairs for these roads and structures, as well as other damage done throughout the Township, to submit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible reimbursement.  

Anatomy of a Road Paving Plan

 We have received questions from residents on how the Township decides which roads to pave each year, so we thought it would be appropriate to put the information here for you.  Click here for more details. 

September 22 Update

Milling and paving is about to begin around town through a coop paving program; this will begin Thursday, September 23. The order of paving for roads in this project are tentatively as follows:

Thursday (9/23) - Milling Lincoln/Berkeley (Washington to Garfield)
Friday (9/24) - Milling Lincoln/Grassman (please notice and no parking on Grassman)

Monday (9/27) - Paving Lincoln/Berkeley (Washington to Garfield)
Tuesday (9/28)- Paving Lincoln/Grassman

Roads around Governor Livingston: Watchung Blvd, Gallinson Drive, Crest Circle, Ford Place, Crest Drive (@ second half of week of Sept. 27, tentatively)

Kent & Lenape ( + some curbing and drainage) (tentatively first week of October)

To these residents: We thank you for your patience during this much needed infrastructure improvement program. The work being performed by Schifano Construction Corporation, which consists of milling and paving for a new smooth riding surface. We apologize, as there will be some inconvenience for access to and from the residences and businesses during the work on this project. "No Parking" and construction/detour signs will be posted along the roadway. The contractor will make every effort to get you in and out of your property in a timely manner. Generally the hours of construction will be Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Meanwhile, in other road project updates: 

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - The gas company is moving part of the gas main and some gas services on Fairfax which are in conflict with our new storm sewer, but reconstruction has been underway for a few months. 

Riceman, Powderhorn & Sawmill  - The Township Council awarded this job, which is being paid for mostly with NJ Department of Transportation Grant Money, to the contractor at its Sept. 21 meeting. 

Glenside Ave. - We are still waiting for drainage pipe to begin this drainage project; COVID-related delays are holding up material needed. 

The Township Council appropriates a certain amount of money for roads each year, in addition to grant money the Township may receive for road construction. All road projects for the year must be within the approved budget in any given year. 

August 30 Update

Locust Avenue - The developer of the new 55+ community under construction on Locust Avenue is paving part of Locust Avenue. On Tuesday, August 31, contractors will be milling and repairing the base one lane at a time between 7 am and 4 pm. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, they will be paving. There will be cones, signs, and flaggers in addition to one officer on site. Please approach this area with caution while driving. 

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - COVID-related supply chain shortages have caused this project to be delayed, but construction has begun. Installation of the storm sewer improvements will happen first, excavation will happen later this week. The contractors will notify residents whose driveways may become obstructed for part of the installation with more details, along with contact information for the contractor. However, this project will not be done before school starts, as originally anticipated. The Township and the Berkeley Heights Police Department are working together to come up with a traffic plan for Mountain Park area that we will convey on our website and social media channels; we will also forward this information to the schools and request that it be deployed to parents via their channels, as well. Please stay tuned for more information.

Glenside Avenue - A pre-construction meeting will be held this week, which has also experienced some COVID-related supply chain shortages. 

Coop Roads - Contractors will be approved for the paving and curbing of the roads in our 2021 coop program at the Sept. 8 Township Council meeting. That work is expected to begin in 4-6 weeks. 

Dell & River Bend - We will do some drainage in the next month in preparation fo the contractor to come back and correct deficiencies highlighted by the Township.

Riceman, Powderhorn & Sawmill  - The Township sent plans and specs to the NJ Department of Transportation, and will soon go out to bid; we hope to award the job at the Township Council's Sept. 21 meeting. 

August 11 Update

Springfield Ave Resurfacingpaving2

Springfield Ave from Morris County Line to Central Ave in Berkeley Hts/New Providence will be closed due to construction on or around August 18th for three nights. The date and duration of the project are referenced in the picture to the right. Affected residents and businesses should be aware that there may be mobilization and prep work on the part of the contractor about a week or two in advance of the actual start day. This activity should have little or no impact on local traffic.

The work being performed will consist of various road improvements, such as milling, paving, and striping of the road. Due to the nature of the work involved, the amount of workers and machinery required, full road closure will be necessary in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike. To minimize impact on local traffic, the work will be performed overnight. The road will be closed from approximately 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning weather permitting.

A clearly marked detour route will be established and maintained by our contractor. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the work zone. Access to residences, including deliveries and other services, in the work zone will be allowed as much as possible.

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - Work began later this summer after some sewer issues are resolved; the Fairfax portion will be completed first. However, due to COVID, the contractor is experiencing some supply issue. In addition, the contractors are having trouble with the sewer lines. Therefore, this project is being delayed a bit. 

July 22 Update

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - Pre-construction meeting held; work will begin later this summer after some sewer issues are resolved; the Fairfax portion will be completed first. This project includes:

  • Full reconstruction of streets
  • Fairfax from Park Avenue to Mountain Park Elementary School will get all new curbing, new drainage installation, new sub-base and new asphalt 
  • All new sidewalks will be installed from Park Avenue to Mountain Park on Fairfax Drive - new concrete will replace worn and deteriorating asphalt
  • Tudor and Windsor will have some minor drainage work done, consisting of underground pipe and basis; the rest of this area will see milling and paving completed

Glenside Road area - Project has been designed and is being sent to the state Department of Transportation for approval. We plan to award the bid to a contractor at our August 17 Council meeting. 

Co-op Roads - We plan to pave the following roads through a coop program to get a reduced rate; some of these roads will also require some curbing and drainage work; depending on how much money the bids for the jobs come in, will determine if we can get to and complete all of these roads this year: 

Section 1:

  • Watchung Blvd
  • Gallinson Drive 
  • Crest Circle 
  • Ford Place 
  • Crest Drive 


 Section 3: 

  • Grassman 
  • Kent & Lenape ( + curbing and drainage)


 Section 5: 

  • Lincoln Street
  • Berkeley Ave (Washington to Garfield)

Meanwhile, the sidewalk project along Plainfield Avenue continues; the contractor is making great progress! Plainfield Ave residents who have had trees removed: If you have not yet requested replacement trees and would like to do so, please send your name and address to: Trees@bhtwp.com

July 1 Update

Dell & River Bend - the coop contractor who originally did this work within the past two years will be returning to correct deficiencies highlighted by the Township; the Township will then add necessary drainage basins after the road repairs are complete. 

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - Work on this project will begin later this summer; the Fairfax portion will be completed first. This project includes:

  • Full reconstruction of streets
  • Fairfax from Park Avenue to Mountain Park Elementary School will get all new curbing, new drainage installation, new sub-base and new asphalt 
  • All new sidewalks will be installed from Park Avenue to Mountain Park on Fairfax Drive - new concrete will replace worn and deteriorating asphalt
  • Tudor and Windsor will have some minor drainage work done, consisting of underground pipe and basis; the rest of this area will see milling and paving completed

April Update

Ferndale Drive, Hastings Road & Greenbriar Drive areas - Wednesday 4/28/2021 thru Friday 4/30/2021 - Ferndale Drive, Hastings Road & Greenbriar Drive will be under construction for road resurfacing. Please use caution while in the area. This road project originally included some minor drainage work along with road repaving, but after the subcontractors started digging, the groundwater levels were higher than anticipated. Therefore, more drainage is being added to this project to protect the integrity of the road sub-base and the asphalt itself. Contracts would like to pave soon but that may need to be slightly pushed back to install sufficient drainage. This job also includes spot curbing and concrete work for ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Fairfax, Windsor & Tudor project - The Township is going out to bid to get a contractor to work on this project; the bid is to be awarded by the Township Council at its May 18th meeting. Work is to begin shortly after; preliminary survey work has already been completed. This project includes:

  • Full reconstruction of streets
  • Fairfax from Park Avenue to Mountain Park Elementary School will get all new curbing, new drainage installation, new sub-base and new asphalt 
  • All new sidewalks will be installed from Park Avenue to Mountain Park on Fairfax Drive - new concrete will replace worn and deteriorating asphalt
  • Tudor and Windsor will have some minor drainage work done, consisting of underground pipe and basis; the rest of this area will see milling and paving completed

Cottage Street - The same contractor who is working on the Hastings, Greenbriar and Ferndale-area project is also going to complete the Cottage Street project. When they come to mill and pave the Hastings, etc. area, they will finish the work on Cottage. 

Plainfield Avenue Sidewalk Project - The Township received a Safe Streets to Transit Award for $410,000 Safe Streets to Transit grant in 2019 for a sidewalk improvement project primarily along Plainfield Avenue, running up to Mountain Avenue. This project will start when school is out; homeowners along the project route will receive letters and/or other forms of notification advising them of the work, and/or if trees need to be removed in their area of residence to complete the project 

Train Station Parking Lot - The Township Council recently approved the contractor to repave the train station parking lot. However, since those plans were prepared, plans have slightly changed and we have asked New Jersey Transit for permission to do additional electrical trenching to add more lighting to the far (West) side of the parking lot. We are currently waiting for NJ Transit to give us the green light for this additional work. We hope to get the job done this summer. 

Riceman, Powderhorn & Sawmill - These roads will be repaved with grant money awarded to the Township; we received $345,000 from the state 2021 State Department of Transportation grant; the rest of the money will be funded through capital funding. 

Glenside Road area - The Township in April was awarded $62,000 from the Union County Board of County Commissioners as part of the 2021 Infrastructure and Municipal Aid Grant. The money will fund drainage improvements at Glenside Avenue and various additional locations The project specifically includes: 

  • Design and installation of storm sewer facilities
  • installation of proper surface drainage as well as sub-subface drainage, to remediate constant water leaks, which turn to ice in cold weather
  • Milling resurfacing and roadway restoration of Glenside Road, near Hunterdon Blvd. 

The Township must approve funds, which are included in the 2021 budget, for the municipal portion of the project; we anticipate awarding the bid to the do work in Summer 2021. 






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