2022 Municipal NJSME Project of the Year Awards Received

Date: November 17, 2022

The City of Hackensack’s Clay Street Combined Sewer Separation and the City of Elizabeth’s River Trail Extension Phase V received 1st Place New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME) Project of the Year Awards at the 2022 New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) Conference! Congratulations to both the City of Hackensack and City of Elizabeth, as well as the entire Project Team on this achievement! Read more about these award-winning projects below.

Clay Street Combined Sewer Separation

City of Hackensack, NJ

2022 Municipal Project of the Year Awards

Category F Municipal Construction Management Projects

First-Place Recipient

Engineer: Erin B. Abline, PE, CME, CFM, Principal/Municipal & Land Development Dept. Mgr.

Hackensack, a combined sewer overflow community, is required to act on their Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP). The city is also committed to mitigate flooding throughout their low-lying areas. This project aligned flood mitigation goals with the City’s LTCP by separating sewers and installing culverts to convey and store stormwater from a low-lying area. The project contended with a volatile market and material lead time delays that have plagued the industry.  The City and SCE were forced to reapproach the project during construction to start in the middle of the project to avoid substantial delays. Delays could have impacted the City’s ability to capitalize on the next year’s $5M of CWSRF principal forgiveness. The project required substantial utility relocations and the coordination required was unprecedented. In the end the project’s substantial completion was less than 1-month beyond the anticipated contract time and it came in $2M under the expected costs.

River Trail Extension – Phase V

City of Elizabeth, NJ

2022 Municipal Project of the Year Awards

Category B Municipal Design Projects

First-Place Recipient

Engineer: Robert C. Gregoria, PE, LEED GA, Branch Manager

The Elizabeth River Trail Phase V Extension provides a trail connection, open space park, and gateway area for the City of Elizabeth’s River Trail project. The new trail connects the existing River Trail that extends from the City’s Downtown Business District through residential areas and existing parks along the Elizabeth River, to the newly constructed trail and bikeway at the foot of the Goethals Bridge at Cole Place. The improvements consist of a multi-use path, central plaza, decorative lighting, bio-retention swales and rain gardens for stormwater runoff, site furnishings, water fountains, bicycle service areas, entrance portals, wayfinding and identification signage, landscape areas, and street trees. The trail connection and urban open space provides a recreational amenity for the community as well as a transportation link for pedestrians and cyclists entering New Jersey from Staten Island, New York.  



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