When a utility company opens a street in Brick, whether they properly repair the roadway is sometimes the subject of debate among both officials and neighbors. Now, however, it’s mandatory.
The township council this week unanimously passed an ordinance compelling utilities such as JCP&L, Verizon and water-sewer companies to restore roads at least to the condition they were in before the work occurred.
In the past, the township normally requested utility companies properly restore roads, but it was not a law.
“This ordinance provides clear direction on our expectations so the utility companies can plan accordingly,” said Council President Heather deJong.
deJong said companies would often cooperate if asked before the project, but will now be notified of the ordinance requirements automatically.
“It is the most effective way to communicate road resurfacing when utility companies,” she said.