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Montclair Township

Engineering

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

Kimberli Craft, Township Engineer
973-509-5707
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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.

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Montclair's Safe Routes to School Program PDF Print E-mail

crossing guard and pedestriansDuring the 2012/2013 school year every elementary and middle school in Montclair hosted a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) workshop, made possible by a Federal SRTS grant awarded to Montclair Township for education and encouragement of walking or biking to school. The grant provided for hiring part-time Safe Routes to School Coordinator Alex Kent, who is administering the grant through the the township Engineering Bureau.

The education and encouragement grant also provided for hiring a consultant to conduct the workshops and document the program needs. The RBA Group, an urban planning firm with considerable experience working with other municipalities to develop SRTS plans, was selected. RBA’s team also included Meadowlink (EZ Ride) and Arterial of Montclair.

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Montclair Wins Carmanah Complete My Street Contest PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Montclair SAFE logoToday Carmanah Traffic announced that Montclair is the winning entry in the company's Complete My Street Contest. Carmanah will provide the Township with the winning prize -- their R920 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) system, which will improve pedestrian access and safety on the crosswalk located at Bloomfield and Midland avenues.

Montclair was chosen from among 42 locations from across Canada and the United States. Participants in the Complete My Street Contest entered to win the safety device for a crosswalk in their community by submitting a short description explaining how they thought a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon could help their crosswalk location.

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Traffic Calming Petition and Policy & Procedures PDF Print E-mail

Roundabouts, curb bulb-outs, and speed humps are all are forms of traffic calming, which offer relief for speeding and some forms of aggressive driving when properly applied. Pedestrians especially can benefit from traffic calming. These physical changes to the roadway, as well as other forms of traffic calming such as signage or roadway marking changes, can be thought of as a "silent policeman" - enforcing speed limits without actual law enforcement presence. The Township Engineering Bureau has developed a policy for implementation as well as a petition form for use by residents interested in pursuing traffic calming for their street.

Policy and procedures for the installation of traffic-calming measures in the Township: Traffic Calming Policy and Procedures

Petition for the Township to perform a traffic-calming study: Traffic Calming Petition

Montclair Engineering Bureau is on Facebook (MontclairSAFE) and you can follow us on Twitter @MontclairSAFE

 
Stormwater Pollution PDF Print E-mail

Background
The water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater. This water, called runoff, travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, and eventually discharges, untreated, into our streams and rivers. Along the way, the runoff picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins (used motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides, pet droppings, etc.). The transport of these pollutants into local water bodies can result in the destruction of fish, wildlife, and habitats; threats to public health due to contaminated food and drinking water supplies; and losses of recreational and aesthetic values.

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Procedure for Implementing Multiway Stop Intersections PDF Print E-mail

Background

The decision where and when to use stop control at an intersection is one that is regulated nationally by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices or MUTCD, which defines the standards for use of all traffic control devices. There is specific guidance regarding the use of “Multiway Stop Applications” in the 2003 MUTCD. Until recently, extensive NJDOT review and approval was required for all proposed stop sign installations, including multiway stop conditions.

Under the recently revised statute [N.J.S.A. 39:4-8b(1)], a municipality may without approval of the Commissioner of Transportation “designate any intersection as a stop or yield intersection and erect appropriate signs” on any street fully under municipal jurisdiction. It also allows for designation of a stop intersection within 500 feet of a school, playground or youth recreation facility. It further requires the stop street be contiguous to the facility.

However, this enabling legislation does not supersede the provisions of the MUTCD, which still apply. What the legislation does is provide for a more streamlined review by NJDOT and it recognizes that engineering judgment can and should be exercised in assessing conditions unique to particular locations; specifically those near schools and other facilities where children are more likely to be present as pedestrians.

Requirements

According to the new statute, there are specific steps required for implementation of multiway stops as follows:

1. Conduct an engineering study, which must include traffic counts and crash data. Speed data is optional. Other criteria to be considered are the need for additional control for left turns or vehicle-pedestrian conflicts.

2. If the multiway stop is recommended, the Municipal Engineer shall, under their seal as a licensed professional engineer, certify to the Township Council that the multiway stop has been approved.

3. The traffic ordinance establishing the stop condition is then submitted (along with the letter report and certification) to the Township Council for approval.

4. Once the ordinance is approved by Township Council, the Township Clerk must within 30 days forward the following documents to NJDOT by certified mail, return receipt:

A. Two certified copies of the ordinance

B. The Municipal Engineer’s signed and sealed certification.

C. The Municipal Engineer’s letter report summarizing the investigation

Procedure for Implementing Multiway Stop Intersections Page 2 October 4, 2008

D. Traffic counts

E. Accident data

F. Speed monitoring data, if applicable

G. Plan showing proposed signage and markings in conformance with MUTCD 2B.04

5. NJDOT has 90 days to review, unless the location is within the 500 ft. school or youth facility criteria. In this zone, the Township can install signs and markings immediately on passage of the ordinance (including temporary advance warning signs). For other locations, we must wait for NJDOT approval. If no action is taken by NJDOT within the 90 days, the ordinance is considered approved.

Recommendations

It is my recommendation that multiway stop applications be considered for only those intersections within the area of special consideration that has been established by the Legislature; i.e. within 500 ft. of a school, playground or youth recreational facility. Accordingly, enclosed is the proposed procedure for use when multiway stop intersections are requested.

This procedure has been developed to formalize the steps to be taken in determining when multiway stops may be implemented on municipal streets.

Definitions:

“School” - a public or private school, serving children grades Kindergarten through 12. “Playground” – an outdoor recreation area for children that is open to the public, typically associated with a school or within a public park.

“Youth recreation facility” - a place regularly used by children ages 5 through 17 for recreational purposes. It does not have to be for the exclusive use of this age group, e.g. public parks, YMCA, Clary Anderson arena, public library, etc.

Steps:

I. Is the intersection within the area of special consideration (500 ft. radius) surrounding a school, playground or youth recreation facility?

A. If it is, then go to step II.

B. If it is not, no further consideration shall be given.

II. Is the street to which stop control is to be applied contiguous to the school, playground or youth recreation facility?

A. If it is, then go to step III.

B. If it is not, no further consideration shall be given.

III. Collect and summarize crash data and traffic counts. Per MUTCD, the location should meet at least one of the following conditions.

A. Average approaching volume (both directions) on the major street exceeds 300 vehicles per hour for any eight hours of an average day

B. The combined vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle approaching volume (both directions) on the minor street averages at least 200 units per hour for the same 8 hours, with an average delay to minor street vehicular traffic of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest hour,

C. 5 or more crashes susceptible to correction by a multiway stop have occurred over a 12 month period.

D. Criteria A, B or C are each satisfied to 80 percent of the value.

Other considerations may include the need to control left-turn conflicts; need for control of vehicle/pedestrian conflicts; impaired sight distance at the corners that cannot reasonably be corrected by other means; and intersections of two similar streets where multiway stop control may improve traffic operational characteristics.

IV. The Township Engineer shall prepare a letter report summarizing the findings of the investigation and indicating whether the multiway stop meets the criteria for approval.

V. If the location is approved, the Township Engineer shall certify same to the Township Council and draft the ordinance establishing the new stop condition.

 
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