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.
Among some of the recent or pending changes:
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.
“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.
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:
For view a map of the project, please visit: http://morrisdot.org/projects/sussextpke.asp