Repaving AWR Back Path was a High Priority in 2016 Parent Survey

  • AWR Path flooding
    Heavy rains flood path
  • AWR Bridge
    AWR Bridge
  • AWR Bridge Entrance
    Patched asphalt to bridge
  • AWR Path Cracks more
    Asphalt heavily worn from frequent flooding. Often black ice in this stretch too.
  • AWR Path cracks
    Bikes frequently travel to left of path and have worn their own path.
  • AWR Path
    Bikes frequently travel to left of path and have worn their own path.
  • AWR Path Entrance
    Bushes and Poison Ivy encroach on Narrow path
  • AWR Bridge 7
  • AWR Path 6
  • AWR Back Path widened
    AWR Back Path was widened dramatically the summer of 2016

AWR Back Path provides access to Allen W. Roberts Elementary School from Commerce Drive, alleviating traffic at school drop off and pick up times.  I

Spring 2016

AWR Back Path crosses a creek through a wetland and floods during heavy rains.  In spring and fall  black ice also poses a danger.  Heavy brush and poison ivy encroach on narrow path.  Narrow width makes it difficult for bikes to pass double strollers.  The AWR Back Path aged and the disrepair became a big issue on Facebook and PTA meetings.  Heavy rains on frozen ground resulted in spring flooding to children’s knees.   The Borough judged this project too urgent to be included in the next Safe Routes to School grant since that might take years.  After Borough had committed to project it was still mentioned 5 times in AWR parent survey.  Heavily mentioned on Facebook Group) Goals set Spring of 2016

We addressed flooding by adding drainage. DPW also raised and widened the path to double stroller width, making it safer for bicycle traffic as well.  They also installed solar powered lighting triggered by a motion sensor.

Goals Achieved August of 2016

Goals achieved when the borough’s Department of Public Works improved drainage, widened and repaved the path.

$3,500 of tree trimming and poison ivy removal donated.  Chose not to remove 2 trees and paved around them.

Possible future improvements – Summer of 2017

  • Painted lines in center to designate bike/pedestrian lanes
  • Continue to update bridge as needed.  (New codes make replacement a very major project.)
  • Scout nature trail added to STEMshoots – identify plants along the path such as poison ivy, trillium, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, May Apples, Dog Tooth Violets, Spring Beauties, Wood Frogs in vernal pond, and Iron Wood trees.

Where can I learn more about New Providence Safe Routes to School?

AWR Path flooding

Heavy rains flood path to kids knees

AWR Path entrance in disrepair

AWR Path entrance in disrepair

AWR Path Entrance

Bushes and Poison Ivy encroach on narrow entrance of AWR Back Path

Bikes frequently travel to left of path and have worn their own path.

Bikes travel to left of path so frequently they’ve de facto widened the AWR Back Path.

Bikes frequently travel to left of path and have worn their own path.

Bikes and strollers travel to left of path so frequently they’ve de facto widened the AWR Back Path.

Asphalt heavily worn from frequent flooding. Often black ice in this stretch too.

Asphalt heavily worn from frequent flooding. Often black ice in this stretch too.

AWR Back Path bike hazard

Patched asphalt to bridge a bike hazard

AWR Back Path Bridge

AWR Bridge – new building codes make replacement very expensive. As a result Borough continues to repair it.

 

AWR Back Path widened

AWR Back Path was widened dramatically the summer of 2016

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Cecile Seth

Trying to make our world better. Mom to 3. Recovering Management Consultant. MBA. STEMshoots.com Founder.

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