2011 Street Improvement Projects (download Poposed Six-Year Capital Plan for Street Improvement Projects)
What are we doing?
Many residents inquire about sidewalk reconstruction by the Township when their street is being improved. Sidewalks are generally not included in Township projects because by ordinance, their maintenance is the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. There are two exceptions to this policy: 1) For Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded projects, which are limited to low income areas (based on census data) and 2) where proposed improvements would cause the sidewalk to flood, e.g. the road edge is raised as a result of new curb construction.
Why are we doing it?
What has been the result?
In addition to better pavement and drainage conditions, street improvement projects have enhanced public safety by improving geometric design to reduce accidents. One such example is during the reconstruction of Walnut Street, improvements were made to the intersection at Forest Street, which had experienced 10 accidents in the previous two years before construction (January 1999 to December 2000). Construction took place from March to June in 2001 and in the two year period since the project was completed (January 2002 to December 2003), there were only three accidents at this intersection. We have also introduced “traffic calming” elements to reduce vehicular speed and improve intersection safety at many locations as these projects are completed.
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