[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Red Bank by Ord. No. 1990-15 (Sec. 3-11 of the 1987 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 680.
The Council hereby finds and declares that problems of traffic control occur when traffic must be moved through or around road or street construction, maintenance operations, and utility work, above or below ground, which requires blocking the roadway 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 forces performing these operations.
The Borough of Red Bank, in the County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey, does hereby adopt the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 1978 edition, 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. Any 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 public utility wishing to conduct work on, under or above the roadway to contact the Traffic Bureau of the Red Bank Police Department, in order to arrange a preconstruction meeting in order to submit plans for the safe movement of traffic during such period of construction or work. Any person, contractor or utility who fails to comply with this chapter prior to the start of such work or whose plans are not approved by the Traffic Bureau of the Red Bank Police Department is in violation of this chapter.
The person, contractor or utility shall provide the Traffic Bureau with at least two emergency contact phone numbers to be called in case of emergency problems at the construction or maintenance site prior to the start of any work. If, for any reason, emergency contacts cannot be reached, or if the emergency contact person does not respond to a call from the Police Department to correct a hazardous condition, the Borough may respond to correct such a hazardous condition.
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 6:00 p.m. This time limit may be adjusted to permit work prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. by the officer in charge of the Traffic Bureau of the Red Bank Police Department. If it is determined by the officer in charge of the Red Bank Police Traffic Bureau that the construction or maintenance operations prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 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 6:00 p.m.
Road closings and/or traffic detours shall not be permitted unless approved by the Borough Police Traffic Bureau.
Regular police officers shall be posted at all construction or maintenance sites when determined by the Red Bank Police Traffic Bureau that same is necessary to provide for the safety and expeditious movement of traffic. All costs connected with such traffic controls shall be at the cost of the applicant.
The Traffic Bureau of the Red Bank 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.
Any person, contractor or utility who commits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof for a first offense, pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500. For a second offense, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than $250. For a third or subsequent conviction, pay a fine of not less than $500 and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 30 days.
A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.