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Montclair Township


Kimberli CraftMontclair Township Engineering Bureau
219 North Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Kimberli Craft, Township Engineer
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The Montclair Engineering Bureau is primarily responsible for design and construction management for capital improvements to Township infrastructure. Program areas include street improvements, parks, and drainage/storm sewers. The Township Engineer also serves as the designated Stormwater Program Coordinator for Montclair, in compliance with New Jersey's Stormwater Management regulations adopted in 2004.

Other responsibilities of the Engineering Bureau include permitting and inspections for private construction of sidewalk, curb and driveway aprons; traffic engineering and safety studies; maintenance of Township street and tax maps; and assistance to residents with engineering-related matters.

The Montclair SAFE initiative was recently launched to support walking and bicycling through improved infrastructure and to raise awareness of the many efforts underway to make our streets safer for all road users. SAFE = Streets Are For Everyone! In addition to a needed focus on safety of pedestrians and cyclists as the most vulnerable road users; we also support walking and cycling to enhance health, reduce traffic congestion, promote economic development and improve the overall quality of life throughout our community.

The Engineering Bureau on Facebook (MontclairSAFE) and you can follow us on Twitter @MontclairSAFE.

PAVING NOTICE: Park St Between Chestnut St and Bloomfield Ave PDF Print E-mail

Men at Work signMilling of Park Street between Chestnut Street and Bloomfield Avenue will take place on or about Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28; paving will take place on or about Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, weather permitting.

Milling and resurfacing operations will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. Streets will be closed at various times throughout these days, as detailed below.

Any resident or business owner wishing to use their vehicle(s) on these days must remove the vehicle(s) from driveways and park elsewhere by 7:00 a.m.

MILLING -- The roadway will be open to traffic once milling operations and all clean up has been completed. Expect delays due to the contractor’s activity if are driving through the work area. Once milling has been completed, please use caution while driving or walking in these areas, as the manholes will be raised.

PAVING -- The roadway will remain closed to traffic for a short time after paving, while the asphalt cools. No vehicles will be permitted on the roadway until the contractor has removed the barricades.

Police officers will be directing traffic during the milling and paving operations.

The inspector for the paving is Ebbie Faraji. If there is a problem and the inspector is not on site, we ask that you do not approach the contractor but immediately call the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711. The inspector will contact you by phone and/or return to the job site within a short time.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Street Reconstruction PDF Print E-mail

What is included in the project? The Township will be milling and paving the roadway in your neighborhood within the next few days weather permitting.

How long will the work take? The construction time will vary depending on the street length, however you can expect work to last approximately three (3) to five (5) days. Please note all estimates for length of construction are estimates, which may be affected by inclement weather, material supply problems, etc.

What are construction hours? Work hours are typically 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Will the street be closed? The street will be closed to through traffic during the milling and paving operation. These closings will not extend beyond the workday. In fact, it is preferable to close the street both for the safety of motorists and the contractor’s personnel. Parking on the street is prohibited during construction activities, but is allowed when the contractor is not working, i.e. evenings and weekends. You can expect delays getting in and out due to construction activity. If you require immediate access to your vehicle(s) during the day; we recommend parking your vehicle(s) elsewhere before 7:00 a.m. on construction days.

Will access to my driveway be blocked and if so, for how long? During the time the milling and paving is actually being completed you will not be able to use your driveway. Prior to the posted construction start date and time you should then move any vehicle(s) you need to use off the street before 7:00 a.m. on that day

Will I be able to park on the street at night? Generally, yes. We work with the Montclair Police Department to monitor construction areas in order to prevent residents in those areas from being ticketed when parked on the street at night. However, this does not mean you may park in violation of traffic laws (no parking within 10 ft. of a hydrant, 25 ft. of an intersection or crosswalk, etc.).

What should I do if there’s a problem? The Township assigns a supervisor to each project and you can always speak to him or her at the job site. The supervisor for this project is Rob Bianco. If the supervisor is not on site, we ask that you do not approach the contractor but immediately call the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711. The supervisor will contact you by phone and/or return to the job site within a short time.

Walnut Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements Coming Soon PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Colorful CrosswalksThe Engineering Bureau has completed plans for pedestrian safety improvements on Walnut Street between Forest Street and Depot Square. Improvements will include Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk warning devices, new accessible corner ramps and enhanced crosswalk markings at Forest Street, Frink Street, North Willow Street and Depot Square. The improvements are funded by a 2015 reprogrammed Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $100,000.

Enhanced crosswalk markings may also include colorful geometric designs intended to calm traffic passing through the busy neighborhood business district.

“Adding colorful designs to the pavement should not detract from their effectiveness,” says Township Engineer Kim Craft, “as the crosswalks will feature the retro-reflective white lines required by State and Federal standards.”

The project is currently out for bids, with anticipated construction in late summer.

Township Plans Upgrades to Valley Rd & Church St Fountain PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Engineering Bureau is completing plans for reconstructing the mini roundabout and fountain at the intersection of Valley Road and Church Street. Plans include replacing the pump and nozzle for the fountain which has been out of service since earlier this year.

The circle around the fountain will also see an upgrade with new curbing and a colored concrete surface to complement the brick fountain pool. Area improvements will include new curb along the storefronts and traffic calming bump-outs at Church Street and Trinity Place. Improvements will complement the recent upgrade to South Park Street as well as the new retail and residential development at Valley and Bloomfield Avenue.

Shared Lane Markings Have Arrived PDF Print E-mail

Sharrows Information for Bicyclists and Motorists

What is the shared lane marking?

The new shared lane marking helps bicyclists and motorists share the road safely. Shared lane markings help bicyclists decide where to ride in a lane and remind drivers to expect bicyclists on the toad. Under Tennessee law, all roads except expressways can be used by bicyclists – whether or not they have shared lane markings.

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