Cranbury Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey

SIDEWALKS AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

The DPW has received a couple queries about sidewalks. Please read the following so that you are aware, according to Township Ordinance ยง116-4 GROUNDS, A-Sidewalks and roadways:

(1) Shrubs, bushes, tree branches and other vegetation should be trimmed so as to prevent encroachment on the adjacent sidewalk and roadways.

(2) Shrubs, bushes, tree branches and other vegetation should be trimmed and maintained such that a vertical clearance of at least seven feet is created above the sidewalk to permit easy passage on the sidewalk.

(3) Shrubs, bushes, tree branches and other vegetation should be trimmed and maintained such that a vertical clearance of at least 14 feet is created above the roadway to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles.

(4) Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and similar noxious vegetation shall be trimmed so as to prevent encroachment on the adjacent sidewalk and roadways.

(5) At no time shall vegetation be permitted to obstruct the sight lines at the intersection of two roadways or the intersection of a commercial driveway and a roadway.

For residents who have a public walkway along their property, a simple shrubbery encroachment test for is to walk with someone along the sidewalk and if either of you needs to duck out of the way of overhanging greenery, it needs attention. Please keep these procedures in mind when tending to your yard. If you hire a lawn maintenance service, please share this article with them.