[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glassboro 6-22-1999 by Ord. No. 99-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council 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 ground, which requires blocking roadways 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.
The Borough of Glassboro in the County of Gloucester, and State of New Jersey, does hereby adopt the current Manual on 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. A person, contractor or utility who fails to comply with the provisions of MUTCD while performing such work is in violation of this chapter.
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 within, under or above the roadway, to contact the Chief of Police of the Glassboro Police Department in order to arrange a preconstruction meeting to submit plans for the safe movement of traffic during such period of construction of work. Any person, contractor or utility who fails to comply with this section prior the start of such work or whose plan are not approved by the Chief of Police of the Police Department is in violation of this chapter.
The person, contractor or utility shall provide the Police Department with at least two emergency contact phone numbers to be called in case of any emergency problems at the construction or maintenance site prior to the start of any work. If for any reason emergency contact cannot be reached, or if the emergency contact person does not respond to the call from the Police Department to correct the hazardous condition, the Borough may respond to correct such hazardous conditions. The reasonable fees for such emergency service by the Borough shall be charged to the person, contractor or utility responsible for such conditions.
Generally there shall be no construction, maintenance operations or utility work on any roadway in the Borough before the hour of 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. This time limit may be adjusted to permit work prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. by the Chief of the Glassboro Police Department, if reasonable conditions apply and after thoroughly reviewing such request. If it is determined by the officer in charge that the construction or maintenance operations prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. would substantially delay traffic or cause a safety or health hazard, the work shall then be permitted only between 7.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Road closings and/or traffic detours shall not be permitted unless approved by the Glassboro Police Department.
Traffic directors shall be posted at all construction or maintenance sites when determined by the Glassboro Police Department that same is necessary to provide for the safe and expeditious movement of traffic.
The Glassboro 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 chapter.
It is to be expressly understood that no materials, vehicles or equipment are to be placed in the roadway or sidewalk area until all construction, signs, lights, devices and pavement markings are installed.
Payment for all traffic directors (certified police officers) working all construction highway details for directing the appropriate movement of traffic flow shall be coordinated by the Chief of Police or designee. The payment shall be the appropriate hourly rate designated by the Police Department with an additional 15% added to the subtotal for the use and care of all equipment utilized and all administrative duties which are required. An additional 10% can be charged to delinquent payments over the time of 45 days from original date of invoice.
Any person, contractor or utility company shall be responsible to indemnify and hold harmless the Borough of Glassboro for any claims or actions brought as a result of the use of traffic directors by said party, including the attorney fees.
Any person, contractor or utility who commits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, for the first offense pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and/or may be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both; for a second offense, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and/or may be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day or on which each violation occurs or continues to occur.