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Verona Announces 2013 Road Projects

Township Engineer Jim Helb presented this year's blueprint to the township council Monday night.

Verona Township Engineer James Helb announced five street projects slated for this year during his presentation to the Verona Township Council during its Monday night meeting.

The new projects will either reconstruct or resurface sections of Linden and Personette avenues, Brookside Terrace, Oak Lane, Crane Terrace, Peckman Court and Birch Lane.

Reconstruction is when the road needs to be stripped down by two or more layers and built back up, said Jeff Hayes, Director of IT and Office of Emergency Management.

“Roads have five layers starting with the ground, then shoulder stone, then a quarry process which is compacted, then a base coat of asphalt and finally the top coat,” he said.

Resurfacing is when the top layers of asphalt are scraped away and repaved, he said.

The cost of $1,380,000 projects will be paid for by New Jersey Department of Transportation grants, Community Development Block Grant and the remainder paid for by the township.

Recently, Verona received a Community Development Block Grant of $108,738 from Essex County for the section of Personnette Avenue. The township has applied to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the cost of Linden Avenue project.

The township will pay the remainder of the costs for working encompassing Brookside Terrace, Oak Lane, Crane Terrace, Peckman Court and Birch Lane.

The township is spending significantly less this year for its road projects, compared to spending $2,306,500 in 2012 for nine streets.

Future projects the township plans to undertake include Section three of Linden Avenue, Hemlock Place, Lauren Court, Claremont Avenue, South Prospect Street, Crestmont Road, Durrell Street, East Reid Place, Gould Street and Ozone Avenue.

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