This Day in History: 1957-03-18
The Hillburn Town Board postponed for another two weeks the closing of the only road to the mountain section of Mahwah. It was believed that this was the last extension of time Mahwah would need to complete the new Geiger Road access to the mountain community. On the 16th a group of Mahwah and Hillburn officials inspected the work in progress, led by Mahwah’s Jack Glasgow. The road department had been working all winter to complete the road, he said, even the nthe mountain was under a foot of snow. In a few places the road surface was still soft because frost had prevented the installation of drainage pipes. One of the Brain yard shovels had been widening the road and banking the outsides to provide protection since guard rails were not being built. Some minor blasting still had to be done, he said. The Township Engineer, Frank E. Harley said that the new road would have maximum grades of 18%, 5% less than the Hillburn Road. The curves would be more gradual too, he maintained. He expected that two more weeks would permit the road to be ready for the test by the school bus company as to whether their vehicles could use the new road safely. When this was successfully completed, according to School Superintendent Roy S. Austin, it would be possible to stop having to use taxis to transport the children as they had been since Hillburn closed the road to heavy vehicles. The completed road was expected to be superior to the Hillburn road in every respect and that it would open a whole new area of the mountains to anyone who wanted to build a mountaintop home in Mahwah.