Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

 STEPS UNDERWAY TO FINISH WORK PRIOR TO THE SCHOOL YEAR — EASING OF DELAYS EXPECTED IN COMING DAYS 

Morris County engineering officials are working on steps to ease current traffic backups through Randolph caused by the ongoing Sussex Turnpike improvement project, and two simultaneous municipal utility projects in the Sussex Turnpike corridor, according to the county freeholders, who have asked for the public’s patience.

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Among some of the recent or pending changes:

  • The timing of a new traffic signal at the new Sussex Turnpike and West Hanover Avenue intersection is being tweaked. An additional video detection camera was installed last week and it allows the signal to give more flow time to traffic at the most busy approach to the intersection, to offer the best possible traffic flow;
  • Utility poles will be removed in the next few weeks to allow for the creation of turning lanes at that intersection;
  • West Hanover Avenue approaching Sussex Turnpike has been re-striped to one left/through lane and one right turn lane, and a right turn arrow signal has been installed;
  • Two Randolph municipal utility projects – a sewer line project and a water main project — that require road closings and detours that impact daytime traffic flow on Sussex Turnpike will have working hours changed. One will have daytime hours reduced and the other must change to night-time work hours, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Since some of the changes were made last week, we have noticed a lessening of backups in the morning and most nights. The county engineering team continues to monitor the traffic daily.

But even with gradual traffic flow improvements anticipated due to these and other changes, county officials are asking for the public’s patience this summer during the height of work on the nearly $5 million project on busy Sussex Turnpike, which is a key motoring artery through central Morris County.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“We know this is an inconvenience for county residents, including many people who use Sussex Turnpike to commute to and from work or are driving to the county seat in Morristown,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “We have asked out engineering team to do everything they can to reduce delays. But please remember, this is a major construction project on a very busy roadway, so we ask for your patience,’’ she added.

“We are aware of the calls and emails coming into county offices about this project,” added Freeholder John Cesaro, the board’s liaison on road projects. “We are doing this project in the summer, during the lightest traffic season, and hope to have it completed by the end of August.’’

The long-awaited $4.7 million Sussex Turnpike intersection improvement project is designed to enhance safety and traffic flow on the busy road that runs through Randolph, and serves as a commuter route to and from Morristown, the County College of Morris and Route 10 in Roxbury.

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Visit the Sussex Turnpike website for map information. Click map to enlarge

The Freeholders last year unanimously award a $4 million contract to the low bidder, Concrete Construction Corp. of Hackensack for construction; $497,328 to low bidder Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Lebanon for construction inspection services; and $165,872 to low bidder T.Y. Lin International of Hackettstown for construction support services.

The federal government will pay more than $4.5 million for the work, with Morris County’s share to be $122,600 to finance police traffic costs, liability insurance and the relocation of a fire hydrant.

Sussex Turnpike has been under design for safety and capacity improvements by the New Jersey Department of Transportation since the 1970’s. More recently, the state DOT project was transferred to Morris County for completion.

The project called for the following improvements, which are now taking place with the Sussex Turnpike Improvement Project:

  • The intersection of Sussex Turnpike and Dover-Chester Road is being widened to accommodate left turn lanes on all approaches. A new traffic signal is being installed. Pedestrian ramps that can accommodate persons with disabilities also will be installed.
  • At the intersection of Sussex Turnpike and Calais Road, Sussex Turnpike is being widened to allow for installation of a westbound left turn lane into Calais Road. Calais Road will be realigned to form a 90 degree intersection with Sussex Turnpike. Underground signal equipment will be installed for a potential future traffic signal.
  • The section of Sussex Turnpike between Harvey Terrace and West Hanover Avenue is being widened to accommodate left turn lanes at intersections.
  • The traffic signal at Sussex Turnpike and Millbrook Avenue is being replaced and pedestrian ramps to accommodate persons with disabilities are being installed.
  • West Hanover Avenue already has been realigned to intersect Sussex Turnpike directly across from Brookside Road. Approximately 800 feet of West Hanover Avenue has been relocated to install this improvement.
  • A new traffic signal already has been installed at the West Hanover Avenue, Brookside Road and Sussex Turnpike interconnection. Pedestrian ramps that can accommodate persons with disabilities also are being installed.
  • The existing drainage system along Sussex Avenue will be modified.  A new detention is being constructed where West Hanover Avenue now intersects with Sussex Turnpike.

For view a map of the project, please visit: http://morrisdot.org/projects/sussextpke.asp