Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
November 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
Kimberly Stulb, Communications
West Windsor Wins Engineering Award for 2010
West Windsor, N.J. – West Windsor Township Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is pleased to announce that the Township’s largest public works project in recent history that was directly managed by the Township, improvements to Meadow Road and to the Duck Pond sewer treatment facility, won the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers’ (NJSME) Project of the Year for 2010 in the Municipal Construction Management Project category. These improvements have already won praise from local residents for improving traffic flow and access.
“This was a large and complicated project that corrected a dangerous road alignment therefore enhancing public safety, and provided extended sewer infrastructure enhancing public health.” said Mayor Hsueh. “Being selected for this award by the NJSME, is recognition that this project met a pressing public need in a cost-effective and efficient way.” he said.
“By straightening Meadow Road and constructing bike lanes, sidewalks, and shoulders, Township residents now have easier and safer access to Route 1 and to additional future recreational facilities. In addition, the design elements of the new roadway will allow improved access for emergency and utility vehicles,” the Mayor added.
The project also included the installation of a new sewer interceptor and nearly a mile of sewer pipe employing a horizontal micro-tunneling apparatus that utilized technology similar to that used in the construction of the “Chunnel” that connects England and France under the English Channel.
“The horizontal micro-tunneling technology allowed the Township to install this much needed sewer pipe without causing the typical major disruption to a church, park, and residential homes in the area,” said Township Engineer Francis A. Guzik, P.E.
“Had this project been attempted using traditional methods, blasting would have been required to break through the glacial bedrock. This could have resulted in an adverse affect on environmentally sensitive wetlands as well as an increased impact on residents,” Guzik added.
The year-long project, which was substantially completed in June of 2010, was authorized by the Township in April of 2009. The project serves an estimated 9,000 West Windsor residents and commuters throughout the area.
The Township utilized the design and engineering services of T&M Associates, Middletown, NJ, to supplement the Township’s engineering staff and to assist in the design and management of the project.
“Projects of this sort, which combine major roadway improvements with upgrades and expansions of sewer service through sensitive lands and in close proximity to homes, churches, and other facilities, pose complex and unique challenges,” said Edward R. Klump, P.E., the team leader on the project for T&M Associates.
“This project was completed on time and under budget. Keeping on schedule and on budget is a credit to the Township’s engineering department as well as to the creativity of the staff at T&M,” he added.
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