[Adopted 10-24-1985 by Ord. No. 1434]
The Township Council hereby finds and declares that problems of traffic control and congestion occur when traffic must be moved through or around road, street or highway (roadway) construction, maintenance operations and utility work (work), above or below ground, which require blocking the roadway and obstructing the normal flow of traffic; and that such obstructions are or can become dangerous when not properly controlled and monitored. In order to better promote the public health, safety, peace and welfare, it is necessary to establish controls, regulations and procedures directed to the safe and expeditious movement of traffic through work zones and to provide safety for the work forces performing these operations.
The Township Council does hereby adopt the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 1978 Edition (and any and all replacement or succeeding editions), hereafter known as "MUTCD," except as hereby supplemented and amended and as may be hereafter supplemented and amended by the Township, as it pertains to the control and regulation of any work resulting in any delay or obstruction to the usual and normal flow of traffic on any roadway in the municipality. Any person, contractor or utility failing to comply with the applicable provisions of MUTCD, while performing such work shall be in violation of this section.
Mandatory meeting and approval. It shall be the responsibility of the person, contractor or public utility wishing to conduct work on, under or above the roadway to contact the Moorestown Department of Police in order to arrange a preconstruction meeting to submit plans for the safe and expeditious movement of traffic during the period of any work. Said plans must be approved by the Moorestown Department of Police. Any person, contractor or utility failing to comply with this section prior to the start of such work when his plans are not approved by the Moorestown Department of Police is in violation of this section.
Exception. Public utilities conducting routine maintenance work which shall take less than two days to complete need not comply with the preconstruction meeting requirement.
In every case, prior to the start of any work, the person, contractor or utility shall provide the Moorestown Department of Police with at least two emergency contact telephone numbers to be called in case of emergency problems at the work site. If for any reason emergency contacts cannot be reached or if the emergency contact person does not immediately respond to and correct the emergency problem or hazardous condition or if the circumstances are such that the Township must take action prior to contacting such emergency contact person, the Township may correct such problem or emergency condition. The fees, charges and costs for any such services performed by the Township shall be charged to the person, contractor or utility responsible, and such fees, charges and costs shall be immediately paid by such person, contractor or utility.
The Moorestown Department of Police shall maintain a list of all roadways which it determines to be heavily traveled for the purposes of this article. Said list may be amended from time to time by the Moorestown Department of Police, as conditions warrant, and may include roadways which become heavily traveled due to temporary conditions or events. Said list shall be available for inspection at the Moorestown Town Hall during normal business hours, and a copy of said list shall be provided upon request of any person.
In general. There shall be no work under, on or above any heavily traveled roadway in the Township before the hour of 9:00 a.m. nor after the hour of 4:00 p.m. on any day. There shall be no work under, on or above any other roadway in the Township before the hour of 7:00 a.m. nor after the hour of 6:00 p.m. on any day.
Neither road closings nor traffic detours shall be permitted unless approved in advance by the Moorestown Department of Police.
[Amended 11-30-2015 by Ord. No. 25-2015]
Whenever the Moorestown Department of Police determines that it is necessary for the safe and expeditious movement of traffic in, around or by any work site, the person, contractor or utility responsible for such work shall post an appropriate number of traffic directors at such site, the appropriate number of such traffic directors to be decided by the Chief of the Moorestown Department of Police.
The Moorestown Department of Police shall have the authority to order any and all work on any roadway project to be immediately halted, as the need arises, in the discretion of the Moorestown Department of Public Works. Such authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, the authority to order the removal of equipment, vehicles and stored material within the roadway right-of-way, the backfilling of open excavations and/or other related work in order to abate any nuisance, traffic delay or safety hazard or for any violation of this article.
In the case of emergency work which will obstruct, delay, interfere with or detour traffic on any roadway in the Township, the person, contractor or utility performing such emergency work shall notify the Moorestown Department of Police in advance of beginning such emergency work and receive therefrom approval therefor.
All such emergency work shall be performed with due regard for public safety and without unnecessarily interfering with the normal path and flow of traffic. During the course of completing such emergency work, the person, contractor or utility responsible for such work shall comply with the provisions of the MUTCD.