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Vol. LXII, No. 7
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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Township Eyes Road Improvements With $2.85 Million Funding Likely

Matthew Hersh

Township Committee got its first taste of the municipal engineering department’s annual capital budget request for 2008 road improvements Monday night, and aside from some minor concerns, the $2.85 million project appears to have enough votes to pass.

Monday’s presentation by municipal engineer Robert Kiser was the first step in the yearly pitch to resurface and repave portions of the Township’s 103 miles of roadway. The project’s financing will next be put to a bond, and Committee will introduce an ordinance for the project in an upcoming session.

The 2008 plan, which outlines 6.6 miles of road, is part of the Township’s multi-year road improvement program. The Township repaved or resurfaced 7.7 miles of roadway in 2007, at a cost of $3 million. The project peaked in 2005, when Committee approved an $8 million roads project, with significant reconstruction efforts for the Great Road, Springdale Road, Snowden Lane, and Sycamore Road leading the way.

Under the proposed plan, the Township would allocate $400,000 for Ewing Street improvements; $400,000 for Cedar Lane, Western Way, and Southern Way; $450,000 for Edgerstoune Road and Winant Road; and $250,000 for Wilson Road.

The Township would also release $1 million for the resurfacing contract covering Battle Road, Braeburn Drive, Cherry Hill Road, Cherry Valley Road, Journey’s End, Locust Lane, Ober Road, Westerly Road, Pardoe Road, Valley Road (including bike lanes), Thanet Road, Concord Lane, and Franklin Avenue between Walnut and Linden lanes.

The municipal public works department, which will perform a number of the road repairs in-house, rather than contracting to outside firms, will receive $300,000 for paving material. A $50,000 design improvement for Cherry Valley Road will be split with Montgomery Township.

The cost of Wilson Road repairs will be split with Princeton Borough. On top of the $2.85 million financed by the Township, the roads project will be funded by more than $3.2 million in state and DOT grants, and trust fund monies compiled by the engineering department.

Planned repairs for the Smoyer Park Dam were completely offset by a $200,000 stormwater contribution from CVS/Commerce Bank and Princeton House. Repairs to the Quaker Road pathway will receive total financing from a $35,000 off-tract contribution from Toll Brothers.

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