Lawrence council approves road improvements, building repair projects


The Lawrence Township Council has given approval to a pair of ordinances to pay for road improvement projects and assorted capital improvements, totaling $4.1 million.

A bond ordinance for $2.5 million, which was approved at the Lawrence Township Council’s May 5 meeting, earmarks money for the road projects.

Denow Road, between Federal City Road and the Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, is slated for mill and overlay work. The top layer of asphalt will be removed and a new layer put down on the road. The work is expected to begin later this year or in early 2021.

Money is included in the bond ordinance for mill and overlay projects on Ashwood Court, Pheasant Drive, Brookdale Drive, Holly Lane, Ivy Glen Lane and Woodbury Lane. Parts of Laurel Wood Drive and Lawrencia Drive also will receive mill and overlay work.

The bond ordinance also has money to pay for road and drainage improvements to Princeton Pike, between I-295 and Franklin Corner Road.

Drainage and safety improvements are planned for Keefe Road, Cold Soil Road, Carson Road and Van Kirk Road. The work will take place in 2021.

The Township Council also approved an ordinance at its May 5 meeting to withdraw $1.6 million from the capital improvement fund to pay for a variety of capital improvements -including nearly $100,000 to buy computer and office equipment for the finance department and mobile computers for the police department.

The capital improvement ordinance earmarks $412,000 for several projects, including a partial roof replacement on the municipal building and new paint for the police/municipal court building.

Also included in the $412,000 earmark is money for miscellaneous repairs to municipally-owned buildings, such as HVAC replacements and improvements to the reception area at the Lawrence Senior Center. An electric vehicle charging station will be installed at the municipal building.

The capital ordinance sets aside $212,500 for a response vehicle for the Emergency Management Office, and vehicle extrication equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), or airpacks, for the fire department.

There is money also for a new ambulance and an all terrain vehicle for the Emergency Medical Services unit.

The remaining $700,000 will be used to buy two garbage trucks with a plow and snow removal attachments and a pickup truck with a snow plow for the Department of Public Works, and two electric vehicles for the tax assessor’s office and the health department.