Borough of Park Ridge, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 12-14-1964 by Ord. No. 64-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks  — See Ch. 86.
Subdivision and site plan review — See Ch. 87.
Zoning — See Ch. 101.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make an excavation or to place any form of construction in, over or upon any public road or street under the control of the Borough of Park Ridge or to otherwise endanger or obstruct the normal flow of traffic or the normal flow of surface water by the placing of any barricade, structure, material or equipment not normally designed to be operated, placed or used on the public highway without first obtaining a written permit, issued and approved by the Construction Code Official, and upon payment of a fee of $10, for utility companies and $50 for all other applicants. Copies of the permit shall be forwarded by the Construction Code Official to the Departments of Public Works, Utilities, Police and Fire of the pending road opening.
A. 
Application for such permit shall be made on forms obtained at the office of the Construction Code Official in said Borough. Said permit shall indicate the date upon which the operation will start and the date upon which it will be completed. If the contemplated operation will completely obstruct any thoroughfare or make inaccessible to vehicular traffic a length of more than 200 feet of any thoroughfare for a period in excess of 24 hours, then a period of not less than 72 hours shall elapse after the issuing of the permit before the operation may be started, and the person, firm or corporation to whom such permit is granted shall post conspicuous signs in accordance with the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, with amendments thereof and supplements thereto, at or near the site of the operation, setting forth that the thoroughfare will be closed and the date, the reason for and the duration of such closing.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
B. 
Permission to make an opening or to tear up the surface of a road does not carry with it any right to make drainage, sewer, water, gas, oil, steam, electric or telephone connections. A separate permit to make such connections must be obtained from the proper officials having jurisdiction.
C. 
Where an excavation is to extend the full width of the road, only half of the excavation shall be made at one time and it shall be properly backfilled and inspected, as herein provided, before the other half is excavated.
Where water or gas installations require that services to existing users be interrupted, such utility shall notify such users of the period of time when the services will not be available. Such notice shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the interruption of service.
Street openings may be made without the necessity of a written application, as provided for in § 85-2 hereof, in emergencies such as broken or frozen water mains or other happenings which would endanger public life, health and safety, provided that notice thereof shall be immediately given verbally to the Police Department. Written application for a permit shall nevertheless be made to the Borough as soon as may be convenient but, in any such event, within 48 hours, all in accordance with § 85-1 hereof.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19: 10-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-22]
No person, firm or corporation shall be granted a permit to open any street until and unless there shall be deposited, as a guaranty of performance with the Construction Code Official, an amount sufficient to pay the expenses of repairing and replacing such public roads or other surfaces or appurtenances within the street area in accordance with the following provisions. A check shall be deposited, made payable to the Borough of Park Ridge, in a total amount equal to $10 per square yard of paved area opening, $5 per square yard for shoulder openings, $2 per square yard for lawn area openings and $5 per lineal foot for curb replacement; provided, however, that the minimum deposit shall be $100. Where the deposit exceeds $500, a bond may be filed for the excess over $500, satisfactory to the Borough as to form, amount and surety, with the Borough Treasurer, which bond will be conditioned upon replacing such opening or openings in the manner required herein, and the work shall be performed and paid for by the person, firm or corporation obtaining the permit. The filing of such bond shall not relieve any person, firm or corporation of the necessity of securing a permit and complying with all of the terms and conditions of this chapter. Expenses, if any, incurred by the Borough for the maintenance and repair of the replacement shall be deducted from the deposit posted by the permittee. Subject to the terms and conditions of this chapter, the deposit shall be returned to the permittee six months after the date of the issuance of the certificate of proper restoration as provided for herein.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19; 10-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-22]
Permanent restoration of the street, in accordance with this chapter, shall be completed according to the provisions of § 85-9B. Upon completion of the work involved in such street opening, a request for inspection shall be made to the Construction Code Official. If the inspection discloses that the street has been properly restored, he shall issue a certificate of proper restoration and cause the same to be filed with the Superintendent of Public Works.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
The person receiving the permit shall be responsible for the proper maintenance of that portion of the street for which the permit has been issued, including continued backfilling to compensate for settlement, for a period of six months from the date of the certification of the proper restoration of the street by the Construction Code Official, and such person shall further assume all liability for damages resulting therefrom or in any way connected therewith. In the event of the failure to restore the street opening properly within the time set forth herein after the opening has been made or to maintain the restored street properly for a period of six months from the date of the aforesaid certificate of proper restoration, the Department of Public Works may, upon three days' notice to the person receiving the permit, undertake the restoration or maintenance work and have recourse to the deposit for compensation.
The following specifications shall govern the backfill to be placed in excavated trenches:
A. 
Backfilling shall be done with a pervious material, such as stone dust, sand, sand and gravel or other pervious material.
B. 
Clay or heavy black loam shall not be used.
C. 
The backfill material shall be thoroughly moistened and mechanically tamped until thoroughly compacted.
D. 
All excess material shall be removed from the roadway.
Upon completion of the opening and backfill, as specified, and upon the Borough's being notified of the same, the following specifications shall govern the maintenance and repair of street openings:
A. 
Temporary restoration of pavement is to be made immediately after the Construction Code Official has inspected and approved the backfilling. The temporary pavement shall consist of such material or materials as may be designated by the Construction Code Official, giving due consideration to the surface material of the roadway involved. The permittee shall maintain such temporary pavement in good repair so as to make the roadway safe for traffic.
[Amended 10-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-22]
B. 
Permanent restoration of pavement shall be made within six weeks, weather permitting, from the date the temporary pavement was installed, but in no event later than 12 weeks from the estimated starting date of the work involved in such street opening, and such permanent restoration shall, as nearly as possible, duplicate the original pavement in type, material and texture of surface. The Construction Code Official shall be notified three days prior to permanent restoration for quality control and Borough specification adherence.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
It shall be the responsibility of the person, firm or corporation opening any thoroughfare or otherwise endangering or obstructing the normal flow of traffic or the normal flow of surface water thereon to fully protect both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from possible accident or injury by the placing of suitable barriers, crosswalks, notices, warning and/or caution signs by day and flares and/or flashing lights at night in accordance with the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
Supervision shall be at the expense of the person, firm or corporation obtaining said permit and shall be at the rate of $15 per inspection.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
The Construction Code Official and/or Zoning Officer is hereby designated as the enforcement officer to enforce the provisions of this chapter and is the agent acting for the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge in connection herewith.
No opening permits will be issued between December 1 and March 1 unless an emergency exists.
[Amended 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19; 10-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-22]
In lieu of the deposit requirements outlined herein, any public utility corporation having the lawful right to construct or maintain pipes, conduits or tracks in any public street or place may file, with the Borough Treasurer, a bond running to the Borough of Park Ridge in the sum of $1,000, conditioned upon the fulfillment of all the terms and provisions of this chapter. Such bond shall be renewed each calendar year and will entitle such corporation to make excavation for the purpose of construction or maintenance of its pipes, conduits or tracks for a period of one year.
The Department of Public Utilities of the Borough of Park Ridge is exempt from the requirements of the payment of fees, the making of cash deposits and the posting of bonds to ensure proper maintenance under this chapter.
[Amended 7-8-1974 by Ord. No. 74-16; 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-19]
Any person, firm or corporation violating this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction, to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the Judge imposing the same. No notice shall be required prior to the issuance of a summons.