Public Works

Welcome to the Public Works section of our website

Superintendent of Public Works – Brion Fleming

Road Maintenance and Improvement – Raritan Township has 188 miles of roads and the Public Works Department is charged with maintaining the local road network. We repair potholes and perform patches where needed. We also repave and perform larger repairs every year in addition to Right of Way Mowing, Tree Trimming, and Road Sweeping. Every year over 6,000 storm drains in the township are inspected and cleaned. Storm drains are replaced and repaired as needed.

Public Works 2017 Major Road Projects- Oil and Chip to Sam Levine, Cherryville Stanton, and Goose Island Roads

Parks & Grounds Maintenance– We maintain the facilities by mowing the grass, maintaining the buildings and lining the sports fields.

Recycling – The recycling center is located at the Public Works facility on Pennsylvania Ave. Please see the recycling page for information on policies, times, and regulations.

Clean Communities- The Clean Communities Program is a State Funded Grant to help in the removal of litter from Township roads.  The grant covers the cost of litter removal and money to pay a fee to Non-Profit Organizations for litter removal.  Any Non-Profit Group interested in this program should contact the Public Works Department.


 Leaf Collection

Leaf collection in the Township will begin on October 16, 2017 and continue through December 15th, 2017, weather permitting. Please help assist the Township in its effort to render the best service possible. Please have all leaves at the curbside by December 11th, 2017 for pick up.

  1.  No leaves shall be placed closer than 10 feet from any storm sewer inlet.
  2. Place your leaves in windrow fashion along the edge of the road
  3. DO NOT place your leaves in bags
  4. Avoid the placing of branches, rocks, debris, and other foreign materials in the leaf piles since this can result in injury to the Township personnel and damage equipment. (CREWS WILL BE INSTRUCTED NOT TO COLLECT LEAVES IF ANY DEBRIS IS PRESENT.)
  5. DO NOT park your vehicles on leaf piles, due to the potential fire hazard


MAILBOX MAINTENANCE & SNOW REGULATIONS 2015-2016

DAMAGE BY SNOW PLOWS

Plow damage to items in the Township Right of Way, e.g. mailboxes, retaining walls, shrubs and plantings, WILL NOT be the responsibility of Raritan Township.  Any snow plow damage that may occur in these locations is not done intentionally.


 Mailbox Maintenance

            Snow season will soon be here. Please make sure your mailbox is sufficiently secured and properly placed. Any person, who places their mailbox in such a position as to obstruct the normal use or maintenance of a roadway, is doing so improperly and the Township of Raritan is not responsible for any box which may be inadvertently damaged or destroyed during the course of snow removal.

Take note, your mailbox sits outside year after year in all kinds of weather and should be examined every year to insure its sturdiness and ability to withstand the weight of the snow thrown from the plows.

            Again, this snow season the Township of Raritan WILL NOT reimburse homeowners for mailboxes that were damaged from snow being thrown from the plows. In the event your mailbox is damaged please call the Public Works Department at 908-782-1695 within two (2) weeks of the time the mailbox is damaged. Public works will need to inspect to determine if snow or the plow caused the damage and instruct residents on the procedure for reimbursement, if determined that the plow or truck actually struck the mailbox.Reimbursement is limited to $100.00 maximum. 

RECIEPTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DPW BY JUNE 1, 2018.


Snow Season Regulations

 

Public Works Patching Roads
Public Works Patching Roads
    Sidewalk snow removal – The Township of Raritan will be enforcing Ordinance #93-17 which provides that an owner of any premises abutting or bordering on any street in the Township, including streets in developments, such as planned residential developments, upon which neighboring parties or the public may travel, shall remove all snow and ice from the abutting sidewalks of the street actually used by the public or, in the event of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impractical, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand, within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.

      Depositing of snow and/or ice on sidewalks and streets – The Township of Raritan will be enforcing Ordinance #81-5, Depositing of Snow and Ice, which prohibits anyone from depositing snow or ice which accumulates on private property belonging to that person on streets or sidewalks within the township. Also, no homeowner or private contractor will leave plowed snow on public streets. It will be the responsibility of the individual that is plowing to push the snow against the curb or edge of the road. Please do not leave piles of snow in the middle of the street.

      Parking prohibited on snow covered streets – Please assist the Township in keeping roads clear during the winter months when it snows. Ordinance #94-3 provides that whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers any road, street, or highway in the Township, an emergency shall exist and the parking of any vehicle is prohibited on any portion of a road, street, or highway, including those roads within Qualified Private Communities designated by the Township to receive snow plowing services under the Municipal Services Act N.J.S.40:67-32.2 et seq. in Raritan Township.

      This parking prohibition shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased and until the road, streets, or highways have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. No provisions of the section shall apply to any county or state road, street, or highway located within Raritan Township.

       During extreme weather conditions when a vehicle is not able to proceed and must be parked on any street, road or highway in the Township, the operator of such vehicle must by the quickest means of communication notify any on-duty police officer of the Township and the Superintendent of the Public Works of the vehicle and its location, and thereafter follow the directions of the Police Department regarding removal.

       Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of the Section shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle shall pay the reasonable costs of removal and storage which may result from the removal before regaining possession of the vehicle. The payment of costs and removal shall be in addition to any penalty assessed for violation of the Section.

      Unless another penalty is expressly provided by the New Jersey Statutes, every person convicted of a provision of this section or any supplement thereto shall be liable to penalty of not more than $100 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or both.


 CLEAN COMMUNITIES

The Clean Communities Program is a State Funded Grant to help in the removal of litter from Township roads.  The grant covers the cost of litter removal and money to pay a fee to Non-Profit Organizations for litter removal.  Any Non-Profit Group interested in this program should contact the Public Works Department at (908) 782-1695.


 TREE TRIMMING 

Please be advised the Public Works Department will be trimming trees on Township roads during the fall and winter months.

The trimming work will enhance the sight distance on many Township  roadways allowing for sign clearance and added visability.  This work will also allow for sunlight on the roads during the winter months which will make snow removal operations more efficient.  The Public Works

Fixing Roads
Fixing Roads
Department will be selecting the roadways to be trimmed, as needed.

If you know of an area or a roadway that needs tree and brush clearance, in the Township Rights-Of-Way, please call the Public Works Department at (908) 782-1695.  


WOOD MULCH, LEAF COMPOST, & TOP SOIL

FOR SALE, DELIVERY, & PICKUP
*Pick up is only available from 7:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • RESIDENTS-  DELIVERY & PICK UP
  • MULCH –

Full Truck Delivered

½ Truck Delivered

Pick up

$150.00

$75.00

$10.00/yard

  • LEAF COMPOST

Full Truck Delivered

½ Truck Delivered

Pick up

$50.00

$25.00

No Charge

  • SCREENED TOP SOIL

Full Truck Delivered

½ Truck Delivered

Pick up

$200.00

$100.00

$20.00/yard

  • NON-RESIDENTSPICK UP ONLY

o   MULCH - $10.00/yard

o   LEAF COMPOST – No Charge

o   SCREENED TOP SOIL - $25.00/yard

  • CONTRACTORSPICK UP ONLY

o   MULCH - $10.00/yard

o   LEAF COMPOST – No Charge

o   SCREENED TOP SOIL - $25.00/yard

  • Orders for pickup & delivery MUST be made in person. Payment is required at the time of order CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as materials are available.
    • Place and pay for your order at the Public Works Department between 7:30 AM-2:30 PM Monday - Friday.

Residents are responsible for marking the location of drop off on their driveway. We can ONLY deliver on the driveway surface. Deliveries will be made on Friday of each week. Delivery will be confirmed via telephone the day before. We cannot guarantee any specific 


 Mobile311 Citizen website

Raritan Township Mobile311 citizen website allows township residents to communicate electronically with the Department of Public Works regarding non-emergency requests and concerns. Citizens can access the site from a computer, smartphone, or tablet at http://raritan.mobile311.com. Citizens accessing the site from a smartphone or tablet can save the site as an icon, essentially making it an app.

Citizens can create an account, log in, and report issues to Raritan Township Department of Public Works. Issues are automatically converted to work requests and routed to the Department of Public Works. Citizens and Raritan Township employees can attach photos and notes to their requests. Users can track the status of their requests and view comments entered by the Department of Public Works in response to their request.

The following issues may be reported using the site:

  • Pothole Repair
  • Inlet Repair
  • Street Light Outage
  • Sign Repair/Replacement
  • Tree Trimming
  • Roadside Mowing
  • Deer Carcass Removal

 


NOTICE REGARDING RESPONSE AND EMERGENCIES

The purpose of this application is to notify the Township of Raritan Department of Public Works of non-emergency pothole repairs, inlet repairs, street light outages, sign repair or replacement, tree trimming, roadside mowing and deer carcass removal. This application is NOT for leaf collection or snow removal issues. Please call the DPW at 908-782-1695 to report these issues.

While this application is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make a report, the DPW's normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:00AM to 3:30PM. If the DPW receives a report outside of the DPW's hours of operation, the report will be viewed the next DPW business day.  

This application is not to be used for any emergency. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 and do not use this application.