Phone: 973-983-2891/ 973-627-1700
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm
The Rockaway Township Department of Public Works primary purpose is to make all Township owned roads and right-of-ways safe for your travel. From time to time roads will be closed. These repairs are necessary in order to improve the quality of streets you've come to expect in Rockaway Township.
Help us to help you. The Road Division is aware of most of the trouble spots in the Township and work hard every day to repair them safely and quickly, however the conditions of the roads are ever changing. Please call and alert the Department of Public Works to road hazards such as potholes, sinkholes, wash-outs, etc. at 973-983-2891 or by visiting our convenient Action Line.
To Report Potholes Call:
Rockaway Township Roads: 973-983-2891or report through our Action Center (on-line)
Morris County Roads: 973-285-6763
NJ State Roads: 1 – 800 – POTHOLE or visit State Pothole Reporting.
For Off-Hour Emergencies please contact the Police: 973-625-4000
TRAFFIC DIVISION (signs and lines)
This Department is responsible for installation (by the direction of the Police Department) and maintenance of street signs and line striping on Township owned roads. The Police Department is responsible for all other traffic situations such as speed limit issues and traffic lights.
To report a missing, loose, or knocked down sign call 973-983-2891
For questions about line striping call 973-983-2891
To report a traffic light is out please call 973-625-4000
REQUESTS FOR SERVICE
Please call 973-983-2891 or visit our convenient Action Line for general requests for service. These would include the following:
- Asphalt berms (installation or repair)
- Brush cutting on roadsides and Township right-of-ways
- Street sweeping
- Clogged storm drains
- Wash Out conditions
- Guard rail repair
- Collapsing storm drains
- Sink Holes
- Flooding as a direct result of a road condition
Street lights are maintained by Jersey Central Power & Light. As a courtesy we can report a street light outage to the Utility Company if you provide us with the exact street address.
Outages and street light issues can be reported directly to Jersey Central Power & Light by dialing 800-662-3115 or by completing their on-line form.
SNOW& ICE REMOVAL INFORMATION
Avoid Snowplow Rage !!!
- Park cars off the street.
- Don't shovel driveways out to the street until plowing is complete!
- Do not shovel driveway snow onto the street – This is against Township Ordinance and creates a hazard.
- Do not shovel sidewalks onto street – this is also against Township Ordinance and creates a hazard as well. (note – Residents have 24 hours to remove snow from sidewalk per Township Ordinance.)
- You must have a police report in order to file a claim regarding damage to your vehicle caused by Township equipment.
- Avoid Towing and Impound Charges. Township Ordinance 7-6.3 a –b imposes temporary parking prohibition when snow has fallen and accumulated. At this point an emergency shall exist until the snow has ceased and the streets have been plowed sufficiently. Any unoccupied vehicles may be towed and impounded at the owner's expense. Please cooperate with plow crews by parking off-street until after plowing is complete. This will ensure safe, clean streets.
To report an ice condition call 973-983-2891.
To report a snow & ice related emergency off hours, please contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000.
MAILBOX REPLACEMENT POLICY
This policy pertains to mailboxes damaged by Township snowplows.
The mailbox will be checked to see if a simple repair can be made. If so, this will be done. If the post is broken, but the mailbox can be reused, our workers will remount your mailbox on a new wooden post. If the mailbox cannot be reused, it will be replaced with a new mailbox. The work will be scheduled as soon as possible after the ground thaws.
The Township cannot participate in the replacement of the luxury type mailboxes which are often installed by homeowners. These mailboxes far exceed the budget limitation of the Township. If you choose to install such a mailbox you do so at your own risk. The limits of the replacement by the Township are as outlined above. The Township does not provide lettering or numbering on the box.
To report a mailbox damaged DPW equipment please contact the Department of Public Works at 973-983-2891.
DRIVEWAY & ROAD OPENING PERMITS
Before installing a hard surface driveway that connects to any Township road you must obtain a driveway permit through the Construction Department – (973)983-2809. Your driveway must be inspected before and after installation of new driveway by the Department of Public Works. Please call (973)983-2891 to schedule.
Whenever digging or excavating in the road or right-of-way you must first obtain a street opening permit from the Township Clerk (973)627-7200.
*** Please Remember – You MUST call for underground utility mark-outs before you dig. Call the NJ One Call Center @ 800-272-1000
Resurfacing – 2012
Either sections or entire length of the following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced in 2012. All paving plans are tentative and subject to change with no prior notice.
(To Be Announced)
During the paving process it is very important to cooperate with the Town employees and the Paving Contractors in order to ensure the job goes smoothly and with as little inconvenience to Rockaway Township Residents as possible. These would include:
- Parking off street
- If you must leave through your road, plan ahead and allow PLENTY of time
- Expect Delays
Should you have any questions or experience any problems during the resurfacing process please call our office at 973-982-2891 and one of our staff will attempt to help you.
The street will be closed for the better part the paving process (except to emergency vehicles). Residents will be notified in advance, so please plan alternate route. School bus drivers will also alerted to street closures in advance and will have also have alternate routes.
Rockaway Township Police Department is alerted to all road closures.