Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Improvements and Resurfacing of South Beverwyck Road and Boonton Avenue 

pavingMorris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program is now targeting a nearly one-mile section of busy South Beverwyck Road in Parsippany, with storm basin and drainage work starting today on what is expected to be a two-week project at a cost of $248,039.

The first phase of work on repaving Boonton Avenue in Butler also has begun, with the second phase in Boonton Township to start later this week, and milling and paving of both to be done on both by the end of next week.

The South Beverwyck Road project will encompass a section of the road from Route 80 to Reynolds Avenue, with work to be done from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to minimize rush hour traffic delays. The project will include storm basin upgrades, milling, paving, and road striping.

The project was delayed for several months, and was in jeopardy for the 2016 paving season, due to the political stalemate in Trenton over the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.

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However, the Morris County Board of Freeholders decided to move ahead with the county’s 2016 road resurfacing program, on a modified scale and including South Beverwyck Road, solely using $4.1 million in county tax dollars.

“The freeholders are committed to maintaining our infrastructure,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “Busy county roads like South Beverwyck Road, which carries so much traffic and is a vital artery to residents, schools and businesses, must be maintained. To let them fall into disrepair would not be acceptable.’’

“We must ensure that our county roads are in good shape and safe for cars and trucks and school busses that rely on a high quality county road network,’’ added Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro, who is the county governing board’s liaison on public works projects.

signsThe county’s engineering team has worked up a priority list of paving that will move ahead through the fall.

It will be financed by $4.1 million in county capital funding, including $700,000 taken from the unused amount budgeted for rock salt purchases last winter.

Current projects include:

  • South Beverwyck Road, Parsippany: The 0.9-mile project will run from the Route 80 bridge deck to Reynolds Avenue. Storm basin work and any needed road improvements will be done this week, with milling and paving slated for next week. The project should take two weeks. The contractor is Della Pello Paving of Union. Work should run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Expect traffic delays and potential detours. Cost for the bid project is $248,039.
  • Schooley’s Mountain Road, Washington Township: The 2.4-mile project runs from Springtown Road to Newburgh Road. Paving has been completed. Guiderail installation is now in progress. The contractor is Konkus Corporation of Chester. The cost for the bid project is $696,000.
  • Lakeside Boulevard, Roxbury: The 0.9-mile project runs from Landing Road to the Sussex County border. Paving and striping are completed. Road signs are now being installed.
  • Center Street, Roxbury: The 1.7-mile project runs from Lakeside Boulevard to the Netcong border. Paving is completed. Road signs are now being installed.
  • Kenvil Avenue, Roxbury: The 1.0-mile project runs from Main Street to Route 46. Paving is completed. Road signs are now being installed.
  • Mount Hope Road, Rockaway Township: The 1.2-mile project runs from Mount Hope Avenue to Reservoir Road. Paving is completed. Striping and guiderail installation are now being done.

(The Roxbury and Rockaway Township road work is a coordinated project being done by Top Line Construction of Somerville. The bid cost is $1.35 million.)

  • Boonton Avenue, Butler: The 0.8-mile project runs from Route 23 to Kiel Avenue. Drainage and ADA ramp work is now underway, with bridge repairs to immediately follow. Milling and paving should start next week. The contractor is Konkus Corp. of Chester. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect traffic delays and potential detours. Project should take bout one week.
  • Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township: The 0.8-mile project runs from Sheep Hill Road to the Boonton Township/Montville border. Drainage work should start on Thursday (Oct. 13), followed immediately by milling and paving, which could be done on Friday. The contractor is Konkus Corp. of Chester. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect traffic delays and potential detour. Project should take several days.

(The Boonton Avenue work in Butler and Boonton Township is one coordinated project. Total bid cost is $539,114.)

The revamped schedule of projects to be done this year, expected to start in late October, also include:

  • Chatham Twp.: Green Village Road, 0.4 miles, Shunpike Road to Bridge 1400-504
  • Chatham Twp.: Shunpike Road, 1.3 miles, Noe Road to Green Village Road

Road closures and detours will be properly signed and coordinated with the local police departments for all of the projects. Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes during this construction period.

Other projects that had been scheduled in 2016 will be pushed back to 2017 due to the TTF funding issue. Letters have been sent to municipal engineers in those towns to notify them of the delays until 2017.

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