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Township of Hope, NJ
Warren County
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Editor's Note: Chapter 7, Traffic, enacted by Ordinance 04-06 was approved by the New Jersey Department of Transportation on August 4, 2004. Prior ordinance history includes portions of 1978 Code §§ 11-202, 11-301, 11-401, 11-402, 8-606, Resolution 8/7/80 and Ordinance Nos. 7/30/80, 7/2/81, 7/11/85, 91-10, 91-13, 92-11, 94-06, 98-14, 98-16 and 00-12.
[Ord. #04-06, § I]
Whenever any words and phrases are used in this Chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein.
[Ord. #04-06, § I]
Whenever certain hours are named in this Chapter, they shall mean either Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Savings Time as may be in current use in the Township.
[Ord. #04-06, § II]
a. 
The Public Works Foreman or, in his absence, disability or inability to act, the Mayor and, in the event of his absence, disability or inability to act, then another member of the Township Committee of the Township of Hope, is hereby authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street or portion thereof to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days during specified hours on any day or days whenever he finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health or welfare.
b. 
Any regulations promulgated by the Township of Hope and in accordance with paragraph a above, shall provide for the posting of proper warning signs of such closing on any street or portion thereof during the time the same is closed in pursuance thereof.
c. 
Any violation of this regulation promulgated there under shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $50.
d. 
Any regulation adopted that mandates the closing of any street for a period greater than 48 consecutive hours shall not become effective unless and until it has been submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.
[Ord. #04-06, § III]
Any vehicle parked in violation of this Chapter shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any peace officer may provide for the removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
[Ord. #04-06, § IV]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey Statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this ordinance or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $50 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or both.
[Ord. #04-06, § V]
If any part or parts of this Chapter are, for any reason, held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Chapter.
[Ord. #04-06, § VI]
All former traffic ordinances of the Township of Hope are hereby repealed, and all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter are hereby repealed, except that this repeal shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed prior to the taking effect of this Chapter.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
When the Township Committee of the Township of Hope finds and declares that problems of traffic control occur when traffic must be moved through or around street construction, maintenance operations and utility work, above or below the ground which requires blocking the street 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 and around construction and maintenance zones and to provide safety for the work forces performing these operations.
The Township Committee of the Township of Hope, in the County of Warren, State of New Jersey does hereby adopt the current Manual on Uniform Control Devices for Streets and Highways hereafter known as the M.U.T.C.D., 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 that fails to comply with the provisions of M.U.T.C.D. while performing such work is in violation of this section.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
It shall be the responsibility of the person, contractor, or in the case of a public utility as required under the public utility agreement, section 16:25-9.2, wishing to conduct work on, under or above the street to contact the New Jersey State Police, Hope Barracks in order to arrange a preconstruction meeting and 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 section prior to the start of such work, or whose plans are not approved by the State Police is in violation of this section.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
The person, contractor or utility shall provide at least two emergency contact telephone 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 contact must be made, or if the emergency contact person does not respond to a call from the State Police to correct such hazardous condition, the Township of Hope may respond to correct the hazardous condition(s). The reasonable fees for such emergency services by the Township of Hope shall be charged to the person, contractor, or utility responsible for the condition.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
There shall be no construction, maintenance, operations, or utility work on any roadway in the Township before the hour of 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. The officer in charge of the State Police may adjust this time limit to permit work prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. If the officer in charge determines that the construction or maintenance operations prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. would substantially delay traffic or cause a safety or health hazard, the work shall then be permitted only between 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
Road closing and/or traffic detours shall not be permitted unless approved by the State Police.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
Traffic directors shall be posted at all construction or maintenance sites when determined by the State Police that same is necessary to provide for the safe and expeditious movement of traffic.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
The State Police 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 related work, in order to abate any nuisance and/or safety hazard or for any violation of this section.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
It is to be expressly understood that no materials, vehicles or equipment are to be placed in the roadway or sidewalk or until all construction, signs, light devices and pavement markings are installed.
[Ord. #04-06, § IX]
Any person, contractor or utility who commits a violation of this section shall, upon conviction thereof for a first offense, pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days. For a second offense, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than $250 and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days.
A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which violation occurs or continues.
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The provisions of this Chapter imposing a time limit on parking shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other, more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles as set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-138, any other New Jersey Statute or as hereinafter provided.
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
a. 
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or sections of streets where temporary EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are displayed. The Chief of Police or, in his absence, the ranking police officer is authorized to declare an emergency and to direct the posting of EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs when weather conditions, accidents, road construction, fire or public celebrations dictate or require avoidance of hazards or other conditions which interfere with the free flow of traffic. Notification that EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are being or will be posted shall be given to the operator or owner of any vehicle which has been parked prior to the posting of the signs.
b. 
The effectiveness of this section is contingent upon the signs being erected as required by law.
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
a. 
Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that is covers the streets or highways, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the streets or highways or portions thereof indicated.
The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
b. 
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulations of traffic and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage which may result from such removal before gaining possession of the vehicle.
Name of Street
Sides
Location
All municipal streets
Both
Entire length
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle between the hours specified on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit between the hours listed on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Time Limit
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall cause or permit to be parked any motor vehicle upon streets between the specified hours and days described.
Name of Street
Side
Hours and Days
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII; Ord. #2015-11]
No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any streets or parts thereof described.
Name of Street
Sides
Location
Cedar Street
South
Between Walnut Street and Hickory Street
Locust Lake Road
Both
Cemetery Road to Mt. Hermon Road (CR655)
Smith Street
[Ord. #2015-11]
West
Intersection with Albertson Avenue to Main Street and Blair Street
South Locust Lake Road
Both
Intersection of Locust Lake Road to Mt. Hermon Road (CR655)
Walnut Street
West
Cedar Street to High Street (CR519)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
All municipal streets
Both
1:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Dec. 1 to April 1
Entire length
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street except where Yield Signs are provided for in the designation.
Name of Street
Limits
Ridgeway Avenue
Hope-Johnsonburg Road to Hope-Marksboro Road
Lake Just-It Road
Hope-Bridgeville Road to the Hope Township-Liberty Township corporate line
Locust Lake Road- South Locust Lake Road
Mt. Herman Road to Delaware Road
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as Stop Intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Stop Sign On
Shiloh Road and Jenny Jump Road
Jenny Jump Road
Far View Road and Birch Ridge Drive
Birch Ridge Drive
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as Yield Intersections. Yield signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Yield Sign On
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The following described streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as one-way streets in the direction indicated. Parking on these streets will be permitted on the sides indicated below.
Name of Street
Direction
Limits
Parking Permitted
Cedar Street
East
Between Hope-Blairstown Road and Walnut Street
North side only
Cedar Street
West
Between Hope-Blairstown Road to Mt. Herman Road
North side only from the westerly curbline of Hope-Blairstown Road to a point 120 feet westerly there-from
Walnut Street
South
Between Walnut Street/Millbrook Road and Hope-Johnsonburg Road
East side only
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
Vehicles over the registered gross weight are hereby excluded from the streets or parts of streets described except for the pick up and delivery of materials on such streets.
Name of Street
Weight
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall make a turn at any location listed and only in the manner described.
Intersection
Turn Prohibition
Movement Prohibited
Cedar Street and Walnut Street
Left
Eastbound on Cedar Street to northbound on Walnut Street
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No person shall make a right turn on the red signal at any location listed.
Intersection
Movement Prohibited
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The lane locations described are designated as Lane Use Reservations and traffic shall move as indicated.
Intersection
Movement
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The lane locations described, are hereby designated as Exclusive Lanes for use by certain vehicles as indicated.
Name of Street
Type of Vehicle
Direction
Limits
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The lane locations described are hereby designated as Bicycle Lanes. Bicycle Lanes shall be a minimum of four (4') feet in width, pursuant to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
Name of Street
Side
Lane Width
Limits
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06 § 8; Ord. #2008-05 § 1; Ord. #14-02; Ord. #14-04; Ord. #2015-12]
The following speed limits shall be established on the following streets or parts of streets:
Name of Street
Direction
Speed
Location
Foundry Road
Both
35 mph
From CR 655 to CR 521
Green Street
Both
25 mph
From Ridgeway Avenue to the intersection of Smith Street and Albertson Avenue
Heller Hill Road
35 mph
From Blairstown/Hope boundary to CR 521
Osmun Road
Both
30 mph
From Hope Township/ Knowlton Township corporate line to Honey Run Road
Ridgeway Avenue
Both
25 mph
Entire length
Shiloh Road
Both
25 mph
Entire length
Smith Street
Both
25 mph
From Ridgeway Avenue to the intersection of Albertson Avenue and Green Street
Union Brick Road
35 mph
From Blairstown/Hope boundary to CR 655
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
No passing zones are hereby established and shall be maintained upon the following described streets or parts thereof:
Name of Street
Sketch#
Sketch Date
Approval Date
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The locations described are hereby designated as Bus Stops. No vehicle other than an omnibus picking up or discharging passengers shall be permitted to occupy said location between the hours indicated.
Street
Hours
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The locations described are hereby designated as Articulated Bus Stops. No vehicle other than an omnibus, picking up or discharging passengers, shall be permitted to occupy said location between the hours indicated.
Name of Street
Hours
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The locations described are hereby designated as Loading Zones. No person shall park a vehicle in said location during the times indicated other than for the loading or unloading of goods and materials.
Name of Street
Time
Sides
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The locations described are hereby designated as Taxi Stands. No vehicle other than a taxi shall be permitted to occupy said locations during the times indicated.
Street
Location
Hours
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197 the following off-street parking yards and Board of Education property are designated as Handicapped Parking areas. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
No. of Spaces
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The following locations are hereby designated as restricted parking spaces for use by persons who have been issued special vehicle identification cards by the Motor Vehicle Commission. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Street
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197.6, the following on-street locations are designated as handicapped parking spaces in front of private residences occupied by handicapped persons. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards or plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted in these spaces.
Street
Permit Number
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46, the following off-street parking yards are designated as handicapped parking areas. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
Number of Spaces
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-1, the following off-street parking locations are designated as handicapped parking. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
Number of Spaces
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-4, the following off-street parking locations are designated as handicapped parking. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
Number of Spaces
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with 40 U.S.C. 318B and a written request from the Postmaster, the off-street locations are hereby designated are hereby designated as Handicapped Parking, pursuant to P.L. 1989 c. 201(1) eff. 06/01/1990. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
Number of Spaces
Location
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
The owners of the premises referred to in this section of the Traffic Code, shall provide and install signs and pavement markings for each parking space reserved for the use of handicapped persons, which signs and markings shall be in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. The cost of procurement and installation of the signs and pavement markings shall be the responsibility of the owner of said property. The owner shall subsequent to initial procurement and installation, maintain such signs and pavement markings in good condition at no cost or expense to the Township of Hope. The owner shall be responsible for the repair and restoration of same.
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197, the following Municipal and Board of Education Property shall have the movement of traffic controlled by the type of regulation indicated. No person shall operate, or park a vehicle in violation of the regulations indicated.
Property
Regulation
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46, the following private property that is open to the public and to which the public is invited, the movement of traffic shall be controlled by the regulations listed herein. No person shall operate or park a vehicle in violation of the following regulations.
a. 
Property.
1. 
General Parking:
(a) 
All vehicles must park in designated areas and between the lines provided.
(b) 
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets described below, except in areas covered by other parking restrictions.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
2. 
Handicapped Parking. All stalls shall be twelve (12') feet wide as shown on the attached site plan and signed with the R7-8 and R7-8P (Reserved Parking Sign and Penalty Plate), in the designated parking areas for persons who have been issued the Handicapped Parking Permit by the Motor Vehicle Commission.
3. 
Stop Intersections. The following described intersections are hereby designated as Stop Intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Stop Sign(s) on:
(Reserved)
4. 
One-Way Streets. The following described streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as One-Way Streets in the direction indicated.
Name of Street
Direction
Limits
(Reserved)
5. 
Speed Limits:
(a) 
The speed limit for both directions of traffic in the parking lots shall be 15 m.p.h.
(b) 
The speed limit for both directions of travel on the following roadways is:
Name of Roadway
M.P.H.
Limits
(Reserved)
(c) 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits authorized by the Department of Transportation.
6. 
Tow-Away Zones. Any vehicle parked or standing as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exit ways, loading zones, oil fills, any grassy area, pedestrian walkway, or present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner's or operator's expense.
7. 
Loading Zone(s). The location described are hereby designated as Loading Zones. No person shall park a vehicle in said location during the times indicated other than for the loading or unloading of goods and materials.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
8. 
The owners of the premises referred to in this section shall provide and install signs and pavement markings as required, which signage and markings shall be in accordance with the current "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways" (MUTCD). The cost of signs and installations shall be the responsibility of the owner of said property. The owner shall, subsequent to the initial procurement and installation, maintain such signs and pavement markings in good condition at no cost or expense to the Township of Hope.
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-1, the regulations of Subtitle 1, Title 39 of the Revised Statutes are hereby made applicable to the properties listed below.
Property
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-4, the regulations of Subtitle 1, Title 39 of the Revised Statutes are hereby made applicable to the properties listed below.
Property
Regulations
(Reserved)
[Ord. #04-06, § VIII]
In accordance with 40 U.S.C. 318B and a written request from the Postmaster, the following various traffic regulations are hereby made applicable to the properties listed below as follows. No person shall operate or park a vehicle in violation of the regulations listed below.
Property
Regulations
(Reserved)