Mantua Township prepares for 2022

Mayor looks to year ahead and cites major road work

Mayor Pete Scirrotto (bottom left) and the Mantua Township Committee have
big plans in store for the township in 2022.

Mantua Township has big plans in store for the new year, and Mayor Pete Scirrotto is up for the challenge.

Road paving will be prioritized, with a range of $500,000 to $700,000 a year budgeted for that purpose. Four to five roads are expected to be repaired, with a state grant providing funding for one of them.

“We pride ourselves for keeping up with all of our roads,” Scirrotto said.

East Mercer Avenue, where McCarson Park is located, will be repaired, and Bergen Avenue improvements will be completed this year, thanks to the state grant.

A major project in the works is Rowan University’s Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park Museum. Construction has begun, with the museum expected to be completed by 2023.

“This is a big deal to us, because this is an over $50 million project, and I think that’s the most any project has ever been in Mantua Township,” Scirrotto explained. “That has such a ripple effect on our town, as all of the local businesses will prosper from that.

“It’s going to be a beautiful asset to the township once it gets completed.”

Senior dinners put off during the pandemic are expected to be revived.

“COVID’s always going to be a big issue,” the mayor said, “and it doesn’t seem like it’s going away,” he said.