MADISON, NJ – Borough Engineer Robert Vogel led a discussion with about 20 residents on Monday, Sept. 24, to hear comments and questions regarding street improvements throughout the community.
Green Avenue was high on the list, with improvements extending from Woodland to Shunpike. Originally paved between 1898 and 1900, Vogel said, “It was one of the first done and one of the last roads in the area to be reconstructed.” He said a number of traffic calming devices have been planned, including chevrons and signage rather than rumble strips, which he said are noisy and annoying to residents.
He explained that an application to the state for funding in November, 2010, had been rejected and the borough then had problems with the consultant. In November, 2011, the project was again budgeted, but no state funding was available. He said the borough had received “a strange group of bidders who were not familiar to us and a number of things were in play.” The council decided to evaluate and re-bid the project. An application was sent in last month, requesting $318,000 of state funding for the $650,000 project. “We expect a response and to complete the early part of the project in 2013.” Vogel said this is a high priority road because of high traffic counts.
Drainage improvements will be included and repairs to sidewalks “wherever they exist today.” He said Chatham has been vocal about runoff that affects the nearby community. “In dealing with Chatham and Morris County,” he said, “everything is our problem.”
Ramps, in compliance with ADA requirements, are planned, as well as crosswalks. Belgian block will be used on curbs and aprons on driveways will be replaced with exactly what’s there. In addition, the road will be one consistent width. Vogel explained that curbing holds the asphalt edge firmly in place and extends the life of pavement. “It’s a relatively good investment,” he said and makes milling overlay much easier.
Samson Avenue sidewalks will have designated safe routes to school, with plans, estimates and schedules. Federal funding has become available for a portion of the project. Traffic calming measures, bike routes and key intersection walks, with improved visibility, are in the works. The underground infrastructure will deal with potable water mains, sanitary and storm sewers.
Rosedale Avenue resurfacing is partially funded through the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Included in the Madison Master Plan are pedestrian improvements, bikeway designations, signage and striping. Side street improvements have been made within the past five years.
Ridgedale Avenue will have a water main replacement, to be done in two phases. Existing conditions are being studied, with proposed plans, estimates and scheduling.
Vogel also talked about communications, noting that one resident could be responsible for distributing emails and information in a neighborhood and that would be the ‘go to’ person for upcoming deadlines and projects.