The Department of Public Works will be upgrading more water lines, handicapped curbing, as well as the milling and paving of several streets in 2019.
With over 55 miles of municipal roadways, the continued road and infrastructure upgrades in Lyndhurst are moving forward. According to Commissioner Richard Jarvis, Sr., Director of the Department of Public Works, the township will be addressing and upgrading more water lines, handicapped curbing as well as the milling and paving of several streets in 2019. Here is what is on tap:
Valley Brook Avenue, from Stuyvesant Ave to Ridge Road, has already upgraded its handicap curbing on all corners for ADA compliance and is scheduled to be completely repaved. In addition, Forest Avenue, from Chase Avenue to Ridge Road, as well as Sixth Street, from Summer Avenue to Jauncey Avenue are also scheduled for repaving. These projects are actually part of the 2018 Road Program which is waiting for completion. The total cost of these upgrades is approximately $711, 801.20.
The 2019 projects include Page Avenue from Ridge Road to Orient Way, including a new water main, sanitary and storm sewer, as well as complete curb and sidewalk replacement and roadway reconstruction. This is being done to help facilitate the needs of the new state-of-the-art school. The anticipated construction cost will be $2.5 million.
Stuyvesant Avenue from Rutherford Avenue to Valley Brook Avenue will be completely milled and paved and will also receive upgrades to all handicap ramps as well as drainage structures in order to bring the township into NJDEP Compliance. The township has received Grant Funds from the NJDOT in the amount of $377,627 which will be used to offset the total anticipated construction cost of $550,000.
And finally, the township has received a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) in the amount of $118,042 for improvements to Livingston Avenue, between Manor Court and Lake Avenue. This will complete the concrete work and road paving which had been disturbed during the 2018 upgrades to the storm drainage sewer. The final construction cost is estimated to be $240,000. The CDBG Funds will be applied toward this cost, reducing the township’s cost to approximately $121,958.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience, cooperation, and understanding as we continue the enormous job of upgrading our century-old infrastructure and roads,” said Commissioner Jarvis. “We recognize the dire need for road paving among some of our streets, but also must replace the nearly 100-year-old water and sewer mains which lie beneath,” Jarvis continued.
In the past decade, the township has been aggressively replacing its century old infrastructure. With nearly twenty percent completed, the road to completion is still years away, as the township must rely on State Grants, Infrastructure Trust Loans and any other subsidies it can receive to offset the cost to the taxpayers. The costs for all municipal capital projects are bonded by the township and paid over a twenty year period, in a similar way as a homeowner carries a mortgage or uses a home’s equity to finance improvements which increase the value of a home. “In essence,” says Commissioner Jarvis, “All road and infrastructure improvements are an investment by the taxpayers into the township and its future.”