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Rahway is responsible for over 6,600 shade trees in our city and has the honor of being named a 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.
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The 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.
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.
Since Rahway is an older community, many of its sewers are combined; i.e., they handle both stormwater 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.
If you are having a sewer emergency, you may call DPW directly at (732) 827-2060 during business hours. Outside of business hours, please call the Rahway Police Department at (732) 827-2200.
It 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.
Please call DPW at (732) 827-2060 to report a pothole on a city street. They are usually patched within 72 hours.
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 seven days prior to the scheduled collection dates or closer than 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.
Street resurfacing 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.
Parking will be restricted on the above streets during resurfacing, and motorists are asked to use extra caution when traveling through the area.
Please watch this space for an updated list of streets scheduled to be resurfaced. For more information, please call the City Engineer at (732) 827-2176.
The city's water utility has been municipally-owned for over 130 years. It is managed by Suez Water Rahway. You may call Suez Water at (877) 303-2435.
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 information available:
The City does not maintain flood maps. To find your new advisory elevation, type in your address at FEMA’s advisory elevation website.