Friday, August 15th, 2014

Morris County’s expanded road resurfacing program on county-maintained roadways is well underway.

This week, inlet repair work and the milling and resurfacing of a one-mile stretch of Long Hill Road, from Central Avenue to Mountain Avenue/Meyersville Road in Long Hill Township began.

The resurfacing should be completed by Friday, Aug. 22, weather permitting, with the striping of the newly paved portion of the roadway scheduled to take place Monday, Aug. 25.

The work will be done during the day starting at 7 a.m. Detour signs will be posted, and traffic flow will be managed by Long Hill Police during the duration of the project.

Morris County Freeholder David Scapicchio, liaison to the Department of Planning and Public Works, said the work is part of the county’s enhanced road resurfacing program for 2014.

Scapicchio said the freeholders increased the county capital budget earlier this year to allow for the repaving of approximately 33 miles of county-maintained roadways instead of the 17 miles per year the county normally averages, and the 22 miles the county repaved last year.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the freeholders are responding as a board to the concerns that have been expressed by county residents and local officials over county road conditions caused by the harsh 2013-2014 winter.

Other county repaving projects that are either underway or have been completed under the ambitious program include a half-mile stretch of Fairmount Avenue, from Watchung Avenue to Main Street in Chatham Borough; a 1.2 mile portion of Diamond Spring Road in Denville, from West Main Street/Broadway to River Road; a 1.2 mile stretch of West Hanover Avenue, from Shongum Road in Morris Township to Ketch Road / Koch Avenue in Parsippany; a 1.12 mile portion of Green Pond Road, from Lake End Road to Jacobs Road in Rockaway Township; and a 1.36 mile section of West Main Street, from Route 46 to Wall Street in Rockaway Borough.

Morris County maintains 300 miles of county roadways.