Department of Public Works & Engineering
Phone: (732) 827-2060 Fax: (732)
James R. Housten, Jr. P.E., P.L.S., P.P.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
My sidewalk appears to be lifted by tree roots. How can I get it
Rahway Department of Public Works will have the sidewalk in front of your
home evaluated. If the sidewalk has been determined to have been damaged by
a city tree your address will be placed on a list to be repaired.
Please note: Chapter 365 of the Code of the City of Rahway mandates that the
property owner is responsible for the repair of sidewalks. However, the
Department of Public Works does try to repair sidewalks that have been
damaged by city trees and are raised at least 1 ½ inches. Residents are
asked to be patient, as the number of requests to have sidewalks repaired is
quite substantial and may take quite some time to complete. The city is not
required to make these repairs.
My basement and/or first floor drains are overflowing, especially after a
heavy rain. What’s wrong?
Since Rahway is an older community, many of its sewers are combined; i.e.,
they handle both storm water and sanitary waste from homes and businesses.
During heavy rains, the old sewer mains cannot handle the increased flow of
rainwater and sanitary waste. Property owners can help by disconnecting
downspouts from sanitary lines, but sometimes, the lateral and/or sewer main
become clogged with debris. The city is not permitted on private property to
clear private sewer laterals. You may call the DPW to inspect the mains in
front of your property and clean them if necessary. Maintenance of sewer
laterals is the responsibility of property owners and not the city.
you are having a sewer emergency, you may call the DPW directly at (732)
827-2060 during business hours. Outside of business hours, please call the
Rahway Police Department at (732) 827-2200.
heavy snowfalls, city plows push snow into my freshly-cleaned driveway apron.
How can I prevent this?
is the responsibility of the city, county and state to clear streets for
vehicles during and after snowstorms. Unfortunately, large quantities of snow
in the street often end up in driveway aprons. Property owners are advised to
shovel driveway aprons after plows are finished cleaning the street.
If you must shovel, place the snow “downstream” of your driveway so the plow
cannot push it back into your driveway apron. Property owners should also
remove their vehicles before a significant snowfall if they are located along
snow emergency routes in Rahway or they will be ticketed and/or towed.
How do I report a pothole?
Please call the DPW at (732) 827-2060 to report a pothole on a city
street. They are usually patched within 72 hours.
will the city pick up my leaves?
A: Leaf season usually
begins in early November and runs through late December. DPW crews will
make a minimum of two passes on every street to collect leaves during those
weeks. Leaves should be placed in piles along the curb or placed in
biodegradable paper leaf bags available at most hardware stores. Leaves
placed in plastic bags will not be collected. Because of new statewide
regulations from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,
leaves and other yard waste cannot be placed in the roadway more than (7)
seven days prior to the scheduled collection dates or closer than (10) ten
feet from any storm drain inlet. Please call the city’s leaf hotline at
(732) 827-2063 during leaf collection season to learn where DPW crews will
be working that day.
Will the city repave my street?
Street resurfacings and reconstructions are performed on
an annual basis by private contractors and not the DPW. The City Engineer
recommends streets that are in the most need of resurfacing and
reconstruction. The City will be resurfacing four streets in 2012.
The streets that are scheduled to be resurfaced in
the fall of 2012 are:
Campbell Street (from W. Cherry St. to Elm Ave.)
Lake Ave. (at intersection with Pierpont St.)
Greslin Terr. (at intersection with Revoir Dr.)
Rd. (from Church St. to Whittier St.)
Alden Dr. (from Williams Field to Knapp Dr.)
Dr. (250’ from Lower Alden Drive intersection)
Seminary Ave. (from Oliver St. to Irving St.)
Seminary Ave. (from St. Georges Ave. to Fernote St.)
St. (from Richard Blvd. to Kline Pl.)
Inman Ave. (from Jaques Ave. to St. Georges Ave.)
St. (from St. Georges Ave. to Jefferson Ave.)
Hazelwood Ave. (from Edgewood St. to RVSA driveway)
Church St. (from Hamilton St. to Seminary Ave.)
Church St. (from Seminary Ave. to W. Grand Ave.)
Preliminary work began on Stone Street in September.
Weather permitting, this project should be completed by mid-November, but
please check back to this site for updates.
Parking will be restricted on
the above streets during resurfacing, and motorists are asked to use extra
caution when traveling through the area.
In addition to the above,
approximately 53,000 linear feet of streets that were resurfaced between
2001 and 2006 will have pavement cracks sealed to prolong the life of the
This project is funded by
$205,000 from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, $145,000 in
Community Development Block Grant funds and $500,000 of general revenue from
For additional information, call (732) 827-2183.
Why won’t the city remove a street tree in front of my home?
is responsible over 6,600 shade trees in our city and has the honor of being
Tree City USA for its care and promotion of healthy trees.
These trees help contribute to the attractive character of Rahway and it is
also estimated that each street tree adds $5,000 to the value of a home and
keeps homes cooler in the summer. The city will remove a street tree only
if it is dead or is in immediate danger to life and property. If you
would like to have a street tree placed in front of your home, please
e-mail us and include your name,
address and phone number so we can add you to the street tree list.
Who is responsible for the City’s water utility?
city’s water utility has been municipally-owned for over 130 years. It is
United Water Rahway. You may reach United Water at (877)
The street light in front of my home or business is out. What
do I do?
To report a street light out
in your neighborhood, you may report the outage by clicking
here or calling
PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG (7734). Please have the following
The location of the street light
The nearest cross street
The pole number (usually located
on a metal strip attached to the pole)
I find out the base flood elevation for my property?
To find your new advisory elevation, type in your address at
FEMA’s advisory elevation website.