Please be advised that on or about Tuesday, March 3, 2020, work on the McDonald Street Improvement Project will commence. The project limits extend from Main Street to Mill Street and the proposed improvements include installing a new drainage system, removing and replacing sections of curbs and sidewalks, and reconstructing & resurfacing the roadway. Construction will be taking place Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the project is anticipated to last approximately 6 – 8 weeks.
McDonald Street will be closed to through traffic during the daytime hours and the McDonald Street Parking Lot will remain closed throughout the duration of the project. During construction, there will be the usual nuisance related instances of road detours, delays, noise from equipment, etc. As with all construction projects, we urge residents to proceed with caution in areas of construction. The Borough and its contractor will make every effort to keep these interruptions to a minimum and complete this project as quickly as possible.
McDonald Street Projects Begins Water Main Replacement Scheduled to Begin Monday, November 4, 2019
Please be advised that the Borough has awarded contracts to construct roadway improvements to McDonald Street. The project will include the entire length of McDonald Street from Main Street to Mill Street. The improvements on McDonald Street will be completed in two separate projects under two separate contractors. The contracts awarded by the Borough are as follows:
· Penn Bower, Inc. – High Bridge, NJ: Water Main Replacement Project.
· Black Rock Enterprises, LLC – Old Bridge, NJ: Roadway Reconstruction Project (drainage, curb, sidewalk and pavement)
The purpose of this memorandum is to advise you that Penn Bower, Inc., plans to commence work on the water main replacement on, or about, Monday November 4, 2019, weather permitting. In order to minimize traffic disruptions, the contractor will work in phases as follows:
· Phase 1 – between Mill Street and Center Street. This portion of the road will be closed to thru-traffic and should last approximately three (3) days. McDonald Street will remain open from Main Street through the Center Street intersection during this phase of work.
· Phase 2 – between Main Street and Center Street. This portion of the road will be closed to thru-traffic and should also last approximately three (3) days. McDonald Street will remain open from Mill Street through the Center Street Intersection during this phase. The McDonald Street Parking Lot will be closed for a period of time while work is completed adjacent to the entrance. The lot will be re-opened once equipment is no longer blocking the driveway entrance.
· Phase 3 – the Center Street Intersection. The intersection will have areas of closure throughout a period of approximately three (3) days. The contractor will close the southern portion of the intersection (adjacent to the Post Office) first and then proceed towards the northern intersection over the next two (2) days.
Penn Bower estimates the water main replacement portion of the project to last about two (2) weeks, weather permitting. Attached is a map showing the traffic control impacts described above.
During the periods of time when the McDonald Street Parking Lot is closed, it is recommended that residents or customers park in either the Transit Parking Lot or the Commons Parking Lot. Both are municipal parking facilities and have the capacity to support the closure of the McDonald Street Lot. The parking along Main Street is maximum two (2) hour parking so the municipal parking lots are a better option for long term parking.
During the construction of the new water main, residents of McDonald Street can expect a loss of water service for several hours while the contractor relocates the water service connection from the existing water main to the newly installed main. The contractor will coordinate with each resident during the day of service installations
Construction will be taking place Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Some Saturday work could take place if the contractor receives prior approval from the Borough. During construction, there will be the usual nuisance related instances of road detours, delays, noise from equipment, etc. As with all construction projects, we urge residents to proceed with caution in areas of construction. The Borough and its contractor will make every effort to keep these interruptions to a minimum and complete this project as quickly as possible.
Once construction of the water main replacement project is completed by Penn Bower, the Borough will be scheduling with Black Rock Enterprises, LLC, to commence work on the roadway reconstruction project which includes the new drainage system, belgian block and concrete curbing, and pavement reconstruction. A separate follow-up notice will be provided notifying you of the schedule for that work once we have a better idea of an anticipated start date. Please note that the Borough intends to have the project completed this year; however, depending upon the extended weather forecast, certain work that is temperature sensitive may not be able to be completed prior to winter. We will keep open communication about the anticipated schedules and will follow up with another notice once more information is available.
Cost estimates for the drainage work, curbing and sidewalks and the actual road reconstruction came in higher then originally expected. The Borough requested additional grant funding from the NJ Department of Transportation as the $225,000.00 grant received in October 2018 was insufficient. Thankfully, the Borough received approval for an additional $120,000.00, that combined, will cover the road project costs.
If you should have any questions regarding this notice or the project in general, please do not hesitate to contact Borough Engineer, William Burr, at (908) 238-0900 or Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.