Engineering Department - Streets and Roads

The City of Clifton has approximately 200 total miles of highways, streets, road and avenues. Of these, approximately 150 miles are owned and maintained by the City of Clifton The remaining highways and roads are owned and maintained by Passaic County, or the State of New Jersey.

The Clifton City Council has annually authorized and funded a program to improve City streets. Streets are selected for improvement each year based upon need and available funds. In 2000, every City-owned streets was visually inspected for it’s entire length and it’s condition was given a rating based upon thirteen defect categories. The ratings for all streets are compiled in a report entitled CITY OF CLIFTON, STREET PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT STUDY dated October 2000. This report is used to select the street with the lowest rating (most in need of repair) for improvement.

Street Pavement Management Study

This report is designed to give the City of Clifton an accurate overall evaluation of the condition of its streets and roads. Using this evaluation, the City will be able to develop a Road Improvement Program for the next several years.

All City of Clifton streets and roads were surveyed visually utilizing 13 separate defect categories. These categories are defined as they appear in the New Jersey Public Works Handbook and are listed below. From the qualitative inspection, a quantitative or numeric value was obtained for each street. This rating value is base on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best condition.

Transverse Cracks
Longitudinal Cracks
Alligator Cracks
Deficient Drainage
Shrinkage Cracks
Polished Aggregate
Pushing or Shoving
Excess Asphalt
Overall Riding Quality