Departments & Services

Engineering

horizontal rule Bernards Township Engineering

The Engineering Services Building is located at 277 So. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge.

Hours: Monday through Friday –

   Engineering 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
   Planning/Zoning 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
   Zoning Officer 7 AM to 3:30 PM

  • The Engineering Services Department oversees the Engineering, Planning, Zoning, Fire Prevention Bureau and Construction Code Departments. This department also administers the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. Close coordination is also maintained with the Agricultural Task Force, Community Service, Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Commission, and other Township Departments.

  • The Engineering Department administers all land use and construction work in the Township. The land use reviews range from an individual resident's zoning concern to the review of large-scale residential and commercial projects. The site inspection staff reviews all development and Township construction. The Engineering staff provides in-house designs for road maintenance, drainage, and bikeway/sidewalk programs. The Department also assists the Board of Education with some of their construction needs. Township tax and GIS data maps are also maintained by Engineering Department personnel.

HOT IN-PLACE ASPHALT RECYCLING

In 2014, Bernards Township will utilize hot in-place asphalt recycling (HIR) for the first time as part of our capital road management program. This is a method of recycling the surface layer of the road without removing the existing asphalt, as would normally occur with a typical mill-and-hot mix asphalt paving process. Use of HIR allows the Township to reduce hot mix asphalt and roadway milling operations saving on asphalt costs, trucking and hauling costs, disposal costs, and fuel. HIR significantly decreases the carbon footprint associated with conventional paving as well. This is a specialty construction process, which has not been employed in New Jersey before, but has been successfully performed by large State Transportation Departments throughout the country.

HIR involves the rejuvenation of the existing asphalt surface in preparation of a thin lift overlay. The pavement is heated to soften the existing roadway followed by multiple rows of scarifying teeth that are pulled through the softened material. During scarification asphalt modifier is added to re-introduce components to the aged asphalt that were lost to oxidation during the aging process. Scarification effectively remixes the old material, re-amalgamating the asphalt surface eliminating cracks, potholes, and other defects. Additional leveling and redistribution of the mixed material is achieved by augers followed by a paving screed. The screed maintains the profile and cross section of the street allowing proper drainage to occur. The rejuvenated asphalt is immediately compacted similar to hot mix asphalt paving.

In some cases, residents may notice slight discoloration of trees and shrubs after recycling operations that occurs because of the heat needed to soften the old pavement. Some minor desiccation of leaves close to the equipment may occur. Extensive experience by the recycling contractor indicates that this is only a temporary effect and causes no long term harm to foliage. Foliage close to the equipment is sprayed with water as the heaters pass by to lessen this effect.

For more information about HIR, please contact the Engineering Department.

Engineering Department 2013 Completed Projects

  • The Department paved 4.2 miles of Township roads during 2013. The roads included:
    • The Hills: Cobble Lane, Hartley Lane, Beacon Crest Drive, and Doggett Court
    • Mine Brook Road (Church Street [CR-512] to north of Old Coach Road)
    • Knollcroft Road (Lyons Road [CR-640] to the VA)
    • Linden Drive (Lyons Road [CR-640] to south of Dryden Road)
    • Dawn Drive
    • Tamarisk Court
    • Homestead Road
    • Peachtree Road (Winding Lane to Cedar Hill School)
    • Pond Hill Road
      • realigned at the highest crest of the road and at Thackeray Drive
    • Madisonville Road (State Route 202 to North Maple Avenue)
  • Pond Hill Road and Madisonville Road were completed with the assistance of a $205,000 grant obtained through the NJDOT Local Aid Program.
  • ADA compliant curb ramps were constructed on all roads listed above with preexisting sidewalk.
  • Approximately 40,400 square feet of deteriorated asphalt and concrete sidewalks were replaced on:
    • Vanderveer Drive
    • Spring Valley Boulevard
    • Galloping Hill Road
    • Gold Boulevard and Atlas Road
    • Addison Drive, Archgate Road, Manor Drive, Oxbow Lane, Penwood Road, and Warwick Lane
    • Lyons Road
    • South Maple Avenue
  • Stormwater inlet repairs were completed in various locations throughout the Township.

Departmental Contacts

Employee Name Position Phone Number
Tom Timko, P.E. Township Engineer (908) 204-3020
Valerie Spies, PE Assistant Township Engineer (908) 204-3007
David Schley, AICP/PP Township Planner (908) 204-3004
Chuck Drews Chief Inspector (908) 204-3006
Mark Herrmann, E.I.T. Senior Staff Engineer (908) 204-3005
Anthony Giralo, E.I.T. Staff Engineer (908) 204-3008
Nancy Koederitz, PE, LEED AP Zoning Officer (908) 204-2507
Lorraine DeGrande Administrative Coordinator (908) 204-3020
Susan Long Administrative Assistant (908) 204-3019
Leslie Meth Administrative Secretary (908) 204-3000

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