Letter of inquiry to Assemblyman E. Scott Garrett
- 7 July 1999
Information on Work Done, or Planned to be Performed,
on the Sussex Branch Trail
On July 7, 1999 I sent a letter of inquiry to Assemblyman
E. Scott Garrett about the condition of the Sussex Branch Trail North
of Newton (in the Meadows) and South of Andover (near Whitehall).
You may know that there is a missing trestle
in the meadows for which you must ford a shallow stream and south
of Andover a stream has jumped its bed and made the trail impassable
(except for the strong of heart.)
Assemblyman Garrett contacted the EPA and has forwarded
to me the information regarding my inquiry.
- John Hazen, Legislative Analyst
- Office of Legislative Affairs
- 401 E. State Street, 7th Floor
- P O Box 402
- Trenton, NJ 08625
This is to respond to the letter of David Rutan
and provide information on work done, or planned to be performed,
on the Sussex Branch Trail.
1. Bridge reconstruction has been completed in
conjunction with NJDOT & ISTEA grants that we were awarded over
the last couple of years. Several bridges were done. However, the
one north of Newton is still to be done once we settle on an alignment
of the trail through Newton. The Right-of Way was sold off prior
to our purchasing the trail & it doesn't go beyond the bridge
in question. The Department has had several conversations with Newton,
but at this time an alignment may be difficult to resolve.
2. Work on the section of the trail south of Andover
is awaiting funding from an NJDOT T-21 grant. We just submitted
an application to NJDOT for the next round of funding. This section
has overgrown over the years and requires a good deal of drainage
work. This may delay the project somewhat as we may have to obtain
freshwater wetland permits.