Borough of South River, NJ
Middlesex County
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[Amended 11-21-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-66; 12-5-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-69; 10-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-26]
The purpose of this chapter is to enable the streets of the Borough of South River to provide safe, convenient, and comfortable routes for walking, bicycling, and public transportation that encourage increased use of these modes of transportation, enable convenient travel as part of daily activities, improve the public welfare by addressing a wide array of health and environmental problems, and meet the needs of all users of the streets, including children, older adults, and people with disabilities. The contents of this chapter will address a variety of traffic and parking designations.
A. 
The following words and phrases, whenever used in this chapter, shall have the meanings defined in this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
B. 
Whenever any undefined words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meanings 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.
C. 
As set forth in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMPLETE STREETS INFRASTRUCTURE
Design features that contribute to a safe, convenient, or comfortable travel experience for users, including but not limited to features such as: sidewalks; shared use paths; bicycle lanes; automobile lanes; paved shoulders; street trees and landscaping; planting strips; curbs; accessible curb ramps; bulb-outs; crosswalks; refuge islands; pedestrian and traffic signals, including countdown and accessible signals; signage; street furniture; bicycle parking facilities; public transportation stops and facilities; transit priority signalization; traffic calming devices, and surface treatments such as street paint, paving blocks, textured asphalt, and concrete; narrow vehicle lanes; raised medians; and dedicated transit lanes.
(1) 
New Year's Day.
(2) 
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (as observed).
(3) 
Lincoln's birthday.
(4) 
Washington's birthday (as observed).
(5) 
Good Friday.
(6) 
Memorial Day.
(7) 
Independence Day.
(8) 
Labor Day.
(9) 
Columbus Day.
(10) 
Election Day.
(11) 
Veterans Day.
(12) 
Thanksgiving Day.
(13) 
Christmas Day.
STREET
Any right of way, public or private, including arterials, connectors, alleys, ways, lanes, and roadways by any other designation, as well as bridges, tunnels, and any other portions of the transportation network.
STREET PROJECT
The construction, reconstruction, retrofit, maintenance, alteration, or repair of any street, and includes the planning, design, approval, and implementation process, except that "street project" does not include minor routine upkeep such as cleaning, sweeping, mowing, spot repair, or interim measures on detour routes (and does not include projects with a total cost of less than $10,000).
USER
Individuals that use streets, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, public transportation riders and drivers, emergency vehicles, freight and people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
A. 
The Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, and other relevant departments shall make complete streets practices a routine part of everyday operations, shall approach every transportation project and program as an opportunity to improve public and private streets and the transportation network for all users, and shall work in coordination with other departments, agencies, and jurisdictions to achieve complete streets within the Borough.
B. 
Every street project on public streets shall incorporate complete streets infrastructure sufficient to enable reasonably safe travel along and across the right-of-way for each category of users; provided, however, that such infrastructure may be excluded upon written approval by the Borough Administrator or Borough Engineer where documentation and data indicate that:
(1) 
Use by nonmotorized users is prohibited by law;
(2) 
The cost would be excessively disproportionate to the need or probable future use over the long term;
(3) 
There is an absence of current or future need; or
(4) 
Inclusion of such infrastructure would be unreasonable or inappropriate in light of the scope of the project.
C. 
As feasible, the Borough shall incorporate complete streets infrastructure into existing streets to improve the safety and convenience of users, construct and enhance the transportation network for each category of users, and create employment.
D. 
If the safety and convenience of users can be improved within the scope of pavement resurfacing, restriping, or signalization operations on public streets, such projects shall implement complete streets infrastructure to increase safety for users.
E. 
The Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, and other relevant departments shall review and either revise or develop proposed revisions to all appropriate plans, zoning and subdivision codes, laws, procedures, rules, regulations, guidelines, programs, templates, and design manuals to integrate, accommodate, and balance the needs of all users in all street projects on Borough property.
F. 
In design guidelines, the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and other relevant departments shall coordinate templates with street classifications and revise them to include complete streets infrastructure, such as sidewalks, street crossings, bicycle lanes, and planting strips.
The Task Force for Safe Streets shall be responsible for the following tasks within the Borough of South River:
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The Task Force for Safe Streets shall develop policy for collecting data measuring how well the streets of the Borough of South River are serving each category of users.
B. 
The Task Force for Safe Streets shall consider developing performance standards with measurable benchmarks reflecting the ability of users to travel in safety and comfort.
C. 
When appropriate, the Task Force for Safe Streets shall establish procedures to allow full public participation in policy decisions and transparency in individual determinations concerning the design and use of streets.
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Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $50.
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Fines.
(1) 
The following listed violations may be paid through the Violations Bureau of the South River Municipal Court without the necessity of a Court appearance, and the following fines shall be imposed:
Ordinance No.
Explanation
Fine
193-5.1
Repairing vehicle parked on street
$50
193-5.2
Parking of specified vehicle prohibited at all times
$25
193-6
Parking prohibited at all times
$20
193-7
Parking prohibited during certain hours
$20
193-7.1
Parking in handicapped zone
$35
193-9
Parking time limited
$3
193-10
Trucks and buses over certain weight (4 tons) excluded
$50
193-21
Snow emergency/no parking
$50
(2) 
In addition to the foregoing fines, the Municipal Court, in its discretion, may impose Court costs consistent with those permissible in Municipal Court, as well as any surcharges as set forth by state statute.
If any part or parts of this chapter are held to be invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.