Township of Branchburg, NJ
Somerset County
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Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle I of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein.
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Whenever certain hours are named in this chapter, they shall mean either Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time as may be in current use in the township.
[Ord. #80-358; Ord. #91-600; Ord. #94-676; Ord. #96-715; Ord. #2001-862; Ord. #2005-1002; Ord. #2006-1056; Ord. #2007-1071; Ord. #2008-1088; Ord. #2008-1109; Ord. #2011-1189; Ord. #2012-1204]
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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 R.S. 39:4-138, any other New Jersey Statute or as hereinafter provided.
[Ord. #61-137; New; Ord. #88-548, §§ 1,2]
a. 
Upon the declaration of an emergency, with the exception of snow emergencies, which emergencies are specifically regulated under paragraph b hereof, there shall be no parking upon streets or sections of streets where TEMPORARY EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are dis-played. The chief of police or, in his or her absence, the ranking police officer or the department of public works supervisor, is authorized to declare an emergency and to direct the posting of EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs when accidents, fire or public celebrations dictate or require the 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. 
Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the following streets or highways or portions thereof: all municipally owned streets or highways.
The above parking prohibition 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.
c. 
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this section shall be deemed a nuisance and 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 removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
d. 
The effectiveness of this subsection is contingent upon the signs being erected as required by law.
[Ord. #50-67; Ord. #54-99; Ord. #69- 223; Ord. #72-258; Ord. #82-424, § I; Ord. #82-428, § 1; Ord. #88-530, § 1; Ord. #92-634, § 1; Ord. #95-701, § 1; Ord. #2000- 813, § 1; Ord. #2002-882, § 1; Ord. #2009-1142, § 1; Ord. #2009-1148, § 1; Ord. #2010-1149, § 1; Ord. #2013-1232; Ord. #2014- 1259; Ord. No. 2015-1292; Ord. No. 2017-1305; Ord. No. 2018-1336]
No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or parts thereof described in Schedule I of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #78-329; Ord. #2000-813, § 2]
No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified in Schedule II of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule II of Chapter 7A.
[New; Ord. #2006-1005, § 1]
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle between the hours specified in Schedule II of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule III of Chapter 7A.
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No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit shown in Schedule IV at any time between the hours listed in Schedule IV of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule IV of Chapter 7A.
The parking of vehicles of a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 8,500 pounds and the parking of trailers or semitrailers not attached to passenger automobiles is prohibited upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule IA of Chapter 7A.
No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any cul-de-sac or part thereof as described in Schedule XIX of Chapter 7A.
Pursuant to the statutory authority granted to this municipality, the locations listed in Schedule XX of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as restricted parking spaces for use by handicapped persons who have been issued special identification by the Motor Vehicle Commission. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces at any time.
All restricted parking spaces designated for use by handicapped persons shall be marked by signs in conformance with the current manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
a. 
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, or cause an obstruction of any kind, in a fire lane designated by markings or signs.
b. 
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in an area surrounding or within 10 feet of a fire hydrant or fire department connection.
[Ord. #33-13; Ord. #75-286; Ord. #88-525; Ord. #90-583; Ord. #92-634; Ord. #96-716; Ord. #2002-902; Ord. #2009-1141; Ord. #2009-1143]
Trucks over four tons registered gross weight are hereby excluded from the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule V except for the pick up and delivery of materials on such streets, Schedule V being of Chapter 7A.
All vehicles are hereby excluded from streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XXII of Chapter 7A, except for destinations along those streets or parts of streets and for the pick up and delivery of materials along those streets or parts of streets.
Emergency vehicles and school buses are exempt from 7-4.2.
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Editor's Note: Former subsections 7-4.2 and 7-4.3 previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinance Nos. 81-397 and 90-583, pertaining to trucks over three tons were repealed in their entirety by Ordinance No. 92-634.
[New; Ord. #2009-1122; Ord. #2009-1140]
The streets or parts of streets described in Schedule VI of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as One-Way Streets in the direction indicated.
[New; Ord. #82-423; Ord. #88-540; Ord. #88-542; Ord. #89-559; Ord. #92-634; Ord. #94-672; Ord. #97-741; Ord. #2008-1088]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule VII of Chapter 7A 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 designations.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described in Schedule VIII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as Stop Intersections. STOP signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 39:4-140, the intersections described in Schedule IX of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as Yield Intersections. YIELD signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197 no driver of a vehicle shall cross an appropriately marked "No Passing" line unless otherwise directed by a duly constituted traffic or police officer, or when the lane in which he is operating is obstructed and impassable on any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XVIII of Chapter 7A.
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The locations described in Schedule X of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as loading Zones.
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The locations described in Schedule XI of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as Taxi Stands.
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The locations described in Schedule XII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as Bus Stops.
[New; Ord. #2013-1237]
No person shall make a left turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XIII of Chapter 7A.
No person shall make a U-Turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XIV of Chapter 7A.
No person shall make a turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XV of Chapter 7A.
No person shall make a right turn when facing a steady red signal (STOP) indication whenever an official sign is present prohibiting such turn on the red signal as described in Schedule XVI of Chapter 7A.
Vehicles over four tons registered gross weight are prohibited from making a right turn from Central Place in a northerly direction onto Station Road in an easterly direction.
[Ord. #66-188; Ord. #70-239; Ord. #71-244; Ord. #78-327; Ord. #79-356; Ord. #82-425; Ord. #91-599; Ord. #92-634; Ord. #94-672; Ord. #96-709; Ord. #97-725; Ord. #97-741; Ord. #2002-901; Ord. #2007-1067; Ord. #2013-1217; Ord. #2013-1236]
The streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XVII of Chapter 7A shall have the speed limits designated in such schedule.
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits as authorized by the department of transportation.
[Ord. #77-308; Ord. #88-547; Ord. #89-552; Ord. #92-634]
a. 
The mayor of the township is hereby authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street under municipal jurisdiction or portion thereof to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days or during specified hours on any day or days whenever he or she finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health or welfare. Any such regulation promulgated hereunder shall provide for the posting of proper warning signs of such closing in any street or portion thereof during the time the same is closed and shall also contain a reference to the penalty provision for violation of this section, which is set forth in section 7-13.
b. 
In the event any such regulation provides for the closure of any street for more than 48 continuous hours, said regulation shall not become effective until it has been approved by the Commissioner of Transportation, pursuant to R.S. 39:4-8.
c. 
For purposes of this section, a "regulation" shall be the written authorization by the mayor for a specific street closing which is to be implemented pursuant to standard procedures recommended by the township engineer and approved by the mayor.
d. 
Only the mayor or the mayor's designee shall have the authority to authorize the closing of any street under the municipal jurisdiction in the township for any purpose.
e. 
No person shall close or cause to be closed any street under municipal jurisdiction in the township without first having received authorization for such closure from the mayor or the mayor's designee. No person shall close or cause to remain closed any street under municipal jurisdiction in the township in excess of the time authorized for such a closure by the mayor. Each day or portion of a day during which a street is closed or remains closed in violation of this section 7-12e shall constitute a separate violation, subject to the penalties set forth in section 7-13.
[New; Ord. #89-552; Ord. #2009-1121]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey Statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter or any amendment thereto shall be liable to a minimum penalty of not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both; provided, however, that every person convicted of a violation of section 7-12e and 7-4 of this chapter shall be liable for each day or portion of a day said section is violated to a minimum penalty of not less than $250 and not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.
All former traffic ordinances of the Township of Branchburg covered in this traffic 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 ordinance.
[Ord. #93-654; Ord. #93-658; Ord. #94-676]
All vehicles must park only in designated areas and between the lines provided.
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Editor's Note: Former subsection 7-14.2, Handicapped Parking previously codified herein was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 94-676. See subsection 7-3.9 for handicapped parking regulations.
a. 
Through street. The following street or parts of streets are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through streets.
Name of Street
Limits
Breckenridge Drive
Entire Length
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Stop intersections. The following intersections are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein:
Intersection
Stop Signs On
Winthrop Drive and Boxwood Drive
Boxwood Drive
Winthrop Drive and Red Crest Lane
Red Crest Lane
Red Crest Lane and Boxwood Drive
Red Crest Lane
a. 
The speed limits for both directions of travel on the following roads are:
Road
MPH
Limits
Breckenridge Drive
15
Entire Length
Boxwood Drive
15
Entire Length
Stowe Court
15
Entire Length
Longley Court
15
Entire Length
Red Crest Lane
15
Entire Length
b. 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits authorized by the Department of Transportation.
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets described:
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
Boxwood Drive
Both
All
North of Breckenridge Dr.
All signs, posts or other necessary materials shall be installed and paid for by the Society Hill at Branchburg Condominium Association, Inc. Work shall be checked by the Police Department to insure installations meet State and Federal Specifications and all signing shall conform to the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The Department of Public Works may replace or repair signs; the price of which will be reimbursed by the Society Hill at Branchburg Condominium Association, Inc.
[Ord. #98-777, § 1, 2; Ord. #2002-886; S 1; Ord. #2010-1147, § 1; Ord. No. 2017-1316]
The locations described in Schedule XXI of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as mid block crosswalks.