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All damaged mailboxes (on Township roads)  shall be inspected by the Department of Public Works personnel in order to determine whether the mailbox was directly hit by a Washington Township Plow or other snow removal equipment and if in fact the mailbox was properly installed.

If the property was damaged by the weight of the snow alone the Township will not be liable for a replacement. If the property was damaged by a direct hit by Township equipment the post and or mail box, depending on the type of damage, will be supplied but not installed by the Township. The Township will purchase and have on hand a supply of standard regulation mailboxes and posts for your convenience. Anything above and beyond is the sole responsibility of the resident.  Please see below for USPS guidelines for installing mailboxes, proper height, and distance from the road. 

To view the Towship Mailbox Resolution click here.  

If you believe your mailbox was damaged by Township equipment, contact the Department of Public Works at 908-876-3382.

If your mailbox is on a road maintained by Morris County (Bartley, Schooley's Mountain, East Mill, West Milll, Fairmount) please call Morris County Road Supervisor at 973-285-6763




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USPS Mailbox Guidelines

Installing a New Mailbox

Look for Postmaster General's Seal

Every new mailbox design should be reviewed and receive the Postmaster General’s (PMG) seal of approval before it goes to market. If you opt to construct your own mailbox, it must meet the same standards as manufactured boxes, so show the plans to your local postmaster for approval.

Placing the Mailbox

  •                                  Position your mailbox 41" to 45" above ground level.
  •                                  Place your mailbox 6" to 8" back from the curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.
  •                                  Put your house or apartment number on the mailbox.
  • Installing the Post
  •                    A 4" x 4" wooden support or a 2"-diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe.
  •                    Avoid unyielding and potentially dangerous supports, like heavy metal pipes, concrete posts, and farm equipment (e.g., milk cans filled with concrete).
  •                    Bury your post no more than 24" deep.

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Repair to Black River Bridge, near Pickle Road is scheduled for Spring 2018


Replacement of a small county bridge on busy Schooley’s Mountain Road, over the Musconetcong River, in Washington Township, is planned for late this year or early in 2019.

Replacement of Schooley's Mountain Road Bridge Planned in Washington Twp.

County Bridge No. 1401-219, which is located between Newburgh Road and Hastings Road – near the Warren County border — was built in 1920 and widened in 1937.

The existing structure length is just 15-feet-long by 37-feet wide, so small that many motorists might not realize they are going over a tiny bridge. It carries about 2,500 vehicles daily.

The bridge is a single span, steel-stringer structure, widened with a reinforced concrete slab and has asphalt pavement. The superstructure is exhibiting severe spalling, or cracking and breaking off fragments, due to water seepage.

The proposed bridge replacement will consist of a three-sided box culvert on footings, with concrete walls. It will feature painted four-bar metal bridge railings, with stone-faced pylons and approach guide rails. All exterior surfaces will be covered with stone facing.

Construction on this federally funded project, estimated at $543,000, will occur in late summer 2018 or spring 2019.  A detour will be installed during construction.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Meghan Paccione, Morris County Senior Engineer at [email protected].



A second small Washington Township bridge also is earmarked for repairs that should start this spring. The lightly traveled Black River Bridge, located near Pickle Road, is just 12-feet long and 21-feet wide, and carries an average of 245 vehicles each day.

Side view of Black River Road Bridge

Side view of Black River Road Bridge

Due to deterioration caused by water seepage, some stones are falling from the underside of the arch at the fascia location.

The Morris County Bridge Department has placed water-filled barriers along the fascia to keep traffic off that portion of the bridge on a temporary basis.

Proposed repairs are under design.  Repair work is anticipated to start in the spring.

In addition to the placement of barriers on the narrow bridge, the county installed signs in each direction to alert motorists that they are now facing a single lane.







Exhaust from backup generators, both portable and stationary, contains a high level of carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can be dangerous or even fatal if inhaled.

  • Read and follow the operator's manual closely before operating your generator.
  • Locate the generator outside of your home and far away from windows, doors and vents.NEVER LOCATE A GENERATOR INSIDE YOUR HOME.
  • Direct exhaust away from windows, doors and vents.
  • Do not operate a generator in partially enclosed spaces, even if using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation.
  • Install CO detectors/alarms throughout your home to ensure you are aware of the presence of CO gas. You cannot see, smell or taste CO.

Read more: Generator Safety


Washington Township is looking for a local business or resident who is willing to donate a well-maintained 4x4 pickup for use as the municipal emergency management vehicle.  In addition to the charitable tax credit and a formal proclamation by the Mayor announcing your gift, your generosity will be displayed for all to see on each side of the vehicle.  If you can help, please contact Township Administrator Andrew Coppola on [email protected] or (908) 876-3315.