The township has received word from the Department of Environmental Protection
that they can begin de-snagging work on the Rahway River, according to Township
Engineer Richard Marsden.
De-snagging will remove the fallen trees and branches that are interfering with the flow of water in the Rahway River. Many of these downed trees fell during Hurricane Sandy.
However, the Township has not received any bids on the project. They are bidding this week and actively contacting firms to submit bids, according to Mayor Tom Hannen.
Once the township receives bids they should be able to begin the work in two to three weeks, Marsden said. He added that the winter is a good time to conduct the work because it reduces damage and any negative impact area.
That was a big hurdle, he explained.
Mayor Tom Hannen said the township did a dual-track process by putting the project out to bid while waiting for DEP approval so that they could be ready once the project was approved.
For de-silting, the DEP has looked at the Township’s approval, but has not given an approval. However, they said they don’t see any problems with it.
Marsden said they are moving ahead and will advertised for bids on Dec. 6 and receive them by the 20th. The project has a deadline of March 15.
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