Township of Blairstown, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown 2-11-1998 by Ord. No. 98-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking in fire lanes — See Ch. 139.
Towing — See Ch. 177.
Motorized vehicles — See Ch. 186.
Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey shalt be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein.
Whenever certain hours are named in this chapter, they shall mean either Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight saving time as may be in current use.
A. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works or, in his absence, disability or inability to act, the Mayor and, in the event of his absence, disability or inability to act, then the Chief of Police of the municipality, is hereby authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street or portion thereof to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days during specified hours on any day or days whenever he/she finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health or welfare.
B. 
Any regulations promulgated by the Township of Blairstown and in accordance with Subsection A above shall provide for the posting of proper warning signs of such closing on any street or portion thereof during the time the same is closed in pursuance thereof.
C. 
Any violation of the regulation promulgated thereunder shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $50.
D. 
Any regulation adopted that mandates the closing of any street for a period greater than 48 consecutive hours shall not become effective unless and until it has been submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.
Any vehicle parked in violation of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any peace officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall bear the reasonable costs of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey Statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $50 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or both.
If any part or parts of this chapter are, for any reason, held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
All former traffic ordinances of the Township of Blairstown are hereby repealed, and all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed, except that this repeal shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed prior to the taking effect of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter imposing a time limit on parking shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other, more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping or standing or parking of vehicles as set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-138, or any other New Jersey Statute or as hereinafter provided.
A. 
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or sections of streets where temporary emergency no parking signs are displayed. The Chief of Police, or, in his absence, the ranking police officer is authorized to declare an emergency and to direct the posting of emergency no parking signs when weather conditions, accidents, road construction, fire or public celebrations dictate or require avoidance of hazards or other conditions which interfere with the free flow of traffic. Notification that emergency no parking signs are being or will be posted shall be given to the operator or owner of any vehicle which has been parked prior to the posting of the signs.
B. 
The effectiveness of this section is contingent upon the signs being erected as required by law.
A. 
Removal.
(1) 
Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the streets or highways, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on any municipal or county street, road or highway, except alternate side parking during the emergency shall be permitted on Main Street and Academy Street, in accordance with the following schedule:
[Amended 10-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07]
Name of Street
Sides
Location
Days
Main Street
North
Entire length
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Main Street
South
Entire length
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Academy Street
East
Main Street to Park Place
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Academy Street
West
Main Street to Park Place
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
(2) 
The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
B. 
Any unoccupied vehicle parked in violation of this section shall be deemed a nuisance inimical to the public health, safety and welfare and subject to ticketing or towing in the sound discretion of any police officer charged with enforcing this chapter. If a vehicle is towed, the owner shall be responsible for the reasonable cost of removal and storage prior to regaining possession of the same. Any ticket issued pursuant to this section shall be subject to the general penalty provision of the Code, Chapter 1, Article II, § 1-5, and a fine established in the sound discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
[Amended 10-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07]
[Amended 11-11-1998 by Ord. No. 98-15; 8-8-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-12; 8-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-12]
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any streets or parts thereof described.
Name of Street
Sides
Location
Airport Road*
Both
Entire Length
Belcher Road*
Both
From Cedar Lake Road to the railroad culvert
Blair Place
Both
From Main Street to Millbrook Road
Carhart Street
East
From Main Street to Vail Street
Cedar Lake Road *
Both
From Sand Hill Road to Airport Road
Douglas Street
North
Entire Length
East Avenue
South
Entire length
Gaisler Road, Cul-de-sac,
Both
Entire area of the curvature of the cul-de-sac at the termination of Gaisler Road
High Street
South
From the intersection of High Street and Millbrook Road (County Road 602) to the Blairstown Township/Hardwick Township municipal boundary line (said municipal line is situate 200 plus or minus feet west of the intersection of Millbrook Road and Stillwater Road (County Route 521)
Lambert Road*
Both
From Cedar Lake Road to Airport Road
Main Street
North
Area over Blair Creek
Noe Road
Both
From the intersection of Noe Road and Raub Road south to the point at which Noe Road becomes one way.
NOTES:
**The Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown may provide for and regulate the parking of vehicles in areas so designated and marked.
B. 
Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $25 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 10 days, or both.
No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
All municipal and county roads
Both
11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Entire length (From November 1 to April 1)
A. 
Streets. No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limited between the hours listed on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Time Limit
Location
East Avenue
North
2 hours
Entire length
Main Street
South
2 hours between 8:00 am. and 6:00 p.m.
Between the vacant lot next to the Post Office Bldg. (Block 1209, Lot 10) to Water Street
Main Street
North
2 hours between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
From Park Place to Water Street
B. 
Municipal parking lots. In accordance with the provisions of this subsection, no person shall park a vehicle for a period of more than 24 consecutive hours in any of the following described municipal parking lots.
[Amended 10-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07]
Location
Time Limit
Side
Name of Street
East Avenue Community Park
24 hours
Both
East Avenue
Blairstown Township Givens-Belet Memorial Hall
24 hours
Both
Route #521
Municipal Parking Lot at the Corner of Stillwater Road and East Avenue
24 hours
Both
Stillwater Road
Main Street Parking Lot
24 hours
Both
Main Street
Vail Athletic Field
24 hours
Both
Vail Road
Walnut Valley Athletic Field
24 hours
Both
Route #94
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle between the hours specified on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(RESERVED)
[Amended 10-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07]
The following locations are hereby designated as restricted parking spaces for use by persons who have been issued special vehicle identification cards by the Division of Motor Vehicles. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Location
Restricted Spaces
Douglas Street
[Added 2-14-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-04]
1 space in front of 11 Douglas Street
Main Street Parking Lot
Parking space nearest Main Street
No person shall cause or permit to be parked any motor vehicle upon any of the streets between the specified hours and days described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours and Days
Location
(RESERVED)
Vehicles over the registered gross weight are hereby excluded from the streets or parts of streets described except for the pickup and delivery of materials on such streets.
Name of Street
Weight
Location
Belcher Road
5 tons
(10,000 lbs.)
From Cedar Lake Road to Hoagland Road
Frog Pond Road
5 tons
(10,000 lbs.)
From Walnut Valley Road to Wishing Well Road
Gwinnup Road
5 tons
(10,000 lbs.)
From Lambert Road to Sand Hill Road
Mud Pond Road
5 tons
(10,000 lbs.)
From Hope Road to Cooke Road
Sipley Road
5 tons
(10,000 lbs.)
From Vail Road to Gwinnup Road
The following described streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as one-way streets in the direction indicated. Parking on these streets will be permitted on the sides indicated below.
Name of Street
Direction
Limits
Noe Road
North
From Lambert Road to a point 942 feet northerly therefrom
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through streets except where yield signs are provided for in the designation.
Name of Street
Limits
Cobblewood Road
From Route 94 to Mohican Road
East Crisman Road
[Added 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-03]
From Hardwick Township Line to Route 94
Frog Pond Road
From Walnut Valley Road to the Blairstown Township-Knowlton Township corporate line
Gaisler Road
From the Blairstown Township-Hardwick Township corporate line to its westerly terminus
Heller Hill Road
From Edgehill Road to Union Brick Road. From Union Brick Road to the Blairstown-Township Hope Township corporate line.
Hoagland Road- Blecher Road
From its northerly intersection with Cedar Lake Road to its southerly intersection with Cedar Lake Road
Lambert Road
From Cedar Lake Road to Route 94
Mohican Road
From Route 94 to Gaisler Road
Mount Vernon Road
From Buchanan Road to Walnut Valley Road
Stillwater Road
From Bridge Street to the Blairstown Township-Hardwick Township corporate line
Union Brick Road
From Hope Road to the Blairstown-Township Hope Township corporate line
Walnut Valley Road
From Route 94 to and including its intersection with Mount Vernon Road
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Stop Sign On
Carhart Street and Vail Street
Vail Street
Edge Hill Road and Heller Hill Road
Heller Hill Road
Heller Hill Road and Union Brick Road
[Added 7-9-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
Four-way stop signs shall be installed at this intersection so as to require a stop when approaching the intersection from both Heller Hill Road and Union Brick Road irrespective of the direction of the approach
Kill Road and East Crisman Road
[Repealed 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-03]
Mud Pond Road and Cooke Road
Cooke Road
Park Place and Academy Street
Academy Street
Polkville Road and Old Vail Road
Old Vail Road
Raub Road and Noe Road
Noe Road
Sand Hill Road and Gwinnup Road
Gwinnup Road
Shotwell Road and Kishpaugh Road
Kishpaugh Road
Shotwell Road and Kishpaugh Road
[Added 5-24-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-08]
The northwest approach to Kishpaugh Road facing southeasterly traffic on Shotwell Road
Shotwell Road and Kishpaugh Road
[Added 5-24-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-08]
The southeasterly approach to Kishpaugh Road facing northwesterly traffic on Shotwell Road
West Crisman Road and River Run Hollow Road
River Run Hollow Road
West Crisman Road/Polkville Road and Polkville Road/ Polkville Kill Road
Easterly approach of Polkville Road facing westbound traffic and Polkville Kill Road
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as yield intersections. Yield signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Yield Sign On
(RESERVED)
No person shall make a turn at any location listed and only in the manner described.
Intersection
Turn Prohibited
Movement Prohibited
(RESERVED)
No person shall make a right turn on the red signal at any location listed.
(RESERVED)
The locations described are hereby designated as loading zones. No person shall park a vehicle in said location during the times indicated other than for the loading or unloading of goods and materials.
Street
Time
Sides
Location
(RESERVED)
The locations described are hereby designated as bus stops. No vehicle other than an omnibus, picking up or discharging passengers, shall be permitted to occupy said location between the hours indicated.
Street
Hours
(RESERVED)
The locations described are hereby designated as taxi stands. No vehicle other than a taxi shall be permitted to occupy said locations during the times indicated.
Street
Location
Hours
(RESERVED)
The lane locations described are designated as lane use reservations, and traffic shall move as indicated.
Intersection
Movement
(RESERVED)
Name of Street
Speed
Location
Bear Cave Road
20 mph
Entire length
Belcher Road
25 mph
Entire length
Cedarville Road
35 mph
Entire length
Centerville Road
30 mph
Entire length in Blairstown Township from Township line to County Route 655
Cooke Road
35 mph
Between Hope Township-Blairstown Township corporate line and Mud Pond Road
Cobblewood Road
40 mph
Entire length
East Crisman Road
25 mph
From N.J. Route 94 to the Blairstown Township-Hardwick Township line
Heller Hill Road
[Added 7-9-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
35 mph
Entire length
Jacksonburg Road
25 mph
Entire length
Maple Lane
[Amended 11-9- 2005 by Ord. No. 2005-19]
30 mph
Entire length
Mohican Road
35 mph
Between Route 94 and Cobblewood Road
Mohican Road
45 mph
Between Cobblewood Road and Gaisler Road
Mount Vernon Road
35 mph
Entire length
Mud Pond Road
30 mph
From Hope Road (County Route 521) to the Blairstown Township/ Frelinghuysen Township line
Shotwell Road
30 mph
From Delaware Road (County Road 655) to Kishpaugh Road
Stillwater
(a)
35 mph
Between Route 94 and the northerly Road Township line, except as provided in Subsection b below
(b)
25 mph
In the Blairstown Elementary School Zone when traffic is passing through the school zone during recess and/or when the presence of children is clearly visible from the roadway and/or when children are going to or leaving school and/or during opening or closing hours of the school
Union Brick Road
[Added 7-9-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
35 mph
Entire length
Walnut Valley Road
40 mph
Entire length
[Added 3-14-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-07]
A. 
Adoption of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for streets and highways.
(1) 
The Township Committee hereby finds and declares that problems of traffic control occur when traffic must be moved through or around street construction, maintenance operations and utility work above and below the ground which requires blocking the roadway and obstructing the normal flow of traffic, and that such obstructions are or can become dangerous when not properly controlled. In order to better promote the public health, safety, peace and welfare, it is necessary to establish controls and regulations directed to the safe and expeditious movement of traffic through construction and maintenance zones and to provide safety for the work force performing these operations.
(2) 
The Township of Blairstown in the County of Warren and State of New Jersey does hereby adopt the current Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, hereafter known as "MUTCD," except as hereby supplemented and amended, as it controls and regulates whenever construction maintenance operations or utility work obstructs the normal flow of traffic. Any person, contractor, or utility who fails to comply with the provisions of MUTCD while performing such work is in violation of this section.
B. 
Preconstruction meetings.
(1) 
It shall be the responsibility of the person, contractor, or, in the case of a public utility, as required under the public utility agreement, wishing to conduct work on, under or above the roadway to contact the Administrative Division of the Township of Blairstown Police Department in order to arrange a preconstruction meeting to submit plans for the safe movement of traffic during such period of construction work. Preconstruction meetings must be scheduled far enough in advance (a minimum of two weeks) of the desired start date so as to allow for efficient planning.
(2) 
Any person, contractor or utility who fails to comply with this section prior to the start of such work or whose plans are not approved by the Township of Blairstown Police Department is in violation of this section.
C. 
Hazardous conditions. The person, contractor or utility shall provide the Township of Blairstown Police Department with at least two emergency contact phone numbers to be called in case of emergency problems at the construction or maintenance site prior to the start of any work. If for any reason the emergency contact cannot be reached, or if the emergency contact person does not respond in a timely manner to the call from the Police Department to correct a hazardous condition, the Township may respond to correct such hazardous conditions. The reasonable fees for such emergency service by the Township shall be charged to the person, contractor or utility responsible for such conditions.
D. 
Hours. There shall be no construction, maintenance operations or utility work on any roadway in the Township before the hour of 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. This time limit may be adjusted to permit work prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. by the officer in charge of the Township of Blairstown Police Department if it is determined by that officer that the construction or maintenance operations prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. would not substantially delay traffic or cause a safety or health hazard.
E. 
Road closing and detours. Road closing and/or traffic detours shall not be permitted unless approved by the officer in charge of the Township of Blairstown Police Department. Advance notice of detours must be given to motorists, except in emergent circumstances.
F. 
Traffic directors. Any person, contractor, or, in the case of a public utility, as required under the public utility agreement (other than municipal, county or state employees), wishing to conduct work on, above or on any and all roads in the Township; is working within 200 feet of an intersection of any road within the Township; is working in the vicinity of specific geographic features (e.g., sharp curves, alongside of rivers, steep embankments, etc.); is working within 1,000 feet of a Township of Blairstown Board of Education property; and/or diverts or interrupts motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic flow shall be required to hire off-duty Township of Blairstown police officers or traffic directors to ensure compliance with the MUTCD as well as to control traffic traveling through the work zone. The Administrative Division of the Township of Blairstown Police Department shall be contacted at least 48 hours before starting work to arrange for the hiring of off-duty officers if needed. The number of officers or traffic directors required shall be determined by the Township of Blairstown Police Department and approved by the officer in charge. For all work on roads listed in Table 1,[1] traffic control shall be by off-duty Township of Blairstown police officers. The requirement to hire off-duty officers for work on, above, below, or adjacent to the roads listed in Table 1 shall only apply to work that will take in excess of one hour to complete. All work on, above, below, or adjacent to the roads listed in Table 1 taking less than one hour, or taking place on roads other than those listed in Table 1, may be controlled with traffic directors, unless off-duty Township of Blairstown police officers are deemed necessary by the Police Department and approved by the officer in charge. All civilian flagmen must wear lime green glow-type traffic vests and must be educated as to the proper operation of traffic flag controls. If flagmen cannot see each other, they must have walkie-talkie communication between them. In the event that work requires any road to be closed to traffic 24 hours a day, the hiring of off-duty Township of Blairstown police officers will be required when it is deemed necessary by the Police Department and approved by the officer in charge.
[1]
Editor's Note: For Table 1, contact the Township offices.
G. 
Stop work. The Police Department shall have the authority to stop work, including the removal of equipment and vehicles, stored material within the street right-of-way, backfilling of open excavations and/or other related work, in order to abate any nuisance and/or safety hazard or for any violation of this section.
H. 
Site preparation and maintenance. It is to be expressly understood that no materials, vehicles or equipment are to be placed in roadway or sidewalk area until all construction signs, lights, devices and pavement markings are installed. All construction signs which do not currently apply must be bagged or removed from view of the motorists (i.e., Flagman Ahead signs after workmen have finished for the day).
I. 
Violations and penalties.
(1) 
Any person, contractor or utility who commits a violation of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, for a first offense, pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days; for a second offense, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than $250 and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days.
(2) 
A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.