Thursday, April 28th, 2016

UNANIMOUS APPROVAL AT  FREEHOLDER MEETING IN KINNELON LAST NIGHT

A series of public works’ ordinances have been unanimously approved by the Morris County Board of Freeholders to allocate funding for a essential road, bridge and infrastructure projects countywide, as part of the county’s $27 million 2016 capital budget.

New Melanie Lane bridge in Hanover Township

Melanie Lane bridge in Hanover was replaced in 2015

The projects are part of an effort by the freeholders to ensure continued maintenance and upgrades to the county’s infrastructure, to ensure a continued high quality of life for county residents.

The freeholders approved the bond ordinances at their Wednesday evening meeting which was held at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon.

“We have an obligation to address the county’s current and future capital needs, to keep our commitment to Morris County’s status as a first rate county and a leading county in the nation,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the freeholders’ liaison on public works issues.

Cesaro outlined some key features of the work to be done by the county through approval of the ordinances:

road work 2More than $6.6 million will be directed to bridge and drainage projects:

    • In addition to a dozen bridge design projects advancing, the funding also will allow for the construction of five bridges.
      • Waterloo Road Bridge in Netcong and Stanhope
      • Russia Road Bridge and the Berkshire Valley Road Bridge, both in Jefferson Township
      • Two different bridges on Combs Hollow Road in Randolph

More than $11.5 million will be invested this year in road resurfacing, intersection reconstruction, and railroad rehabilitation projects.

    • In addition to continuing an aggressive roadway resurfacing campaign that will directly impact 17 municipalities this year, key roadway improvements will be advanced, including:
      • Schooley’s Mountain Road in Washington Township
      • The Shunpike Road/Green Village Road intersection in Chatham Township
      • The Loantaka Way/Woodland Road intersection in Morris Township
      • The Mount Pleasant Avenue/River Road intersection in East Hanover
    • Track and rail bridge repairs are planned along both the High Bridge Branch and the Dover & Rockaway Railroads

Other major projects to be financed by the county in 2016 are:

2015 rail repairs

2015 rail repairs

Environmental clean-up efforts will continue at the county garage in Hanover Township and the former Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital property in Parsippany with $551,000 in capital funds.

  • Some $1.4 million is being directed to upgrade the county’s fuel facilities and replace essential public works vehicles and equipment.
  • $1 million will be directed towards building renovation projects to accommodate voter-approved state Criminal Justice Reform initiatives.
  • Also, $3.1 million has been allocated to the County College of Morris for a series of repairs and renovations to various structures on the campus.

For more information on the county’s 2016 budget and previous budgets, visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/transparency/finance/