Thursday, October 20th, 2016
A series of major Morris County rail and road projects are in progress or will soon begin, with road closures, single lane traffic and detours in place that will result in traffic delays while the improvements are being completed over the next few weeks across the county.
Some of the county road projects were delayed due to the Transportation Trust Fund stalemate in state government in Trenton that was recently resolved.
“We ask county residents to be patient over the next few weeks as we get these improvements done, all of which will greatly improve our road and rail transportation network, which are vital to the high quality of life in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro. “We are working with local municipalities and police to ensure safety and communications with county residents.’’
Projects are or will occur on roads and rail crossings in Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Township, Harding, Parsippany, Randolph, Rockaway Borough, and Rockaway Township.
The work is expected to affect motorists from other towns who use these roads, including Sussex Turnpike, Route 10, South Beverwyck Road, Boonton Avenue, Long Hill Road, Hibernia Road, and Ironia Road to commute to and from work or school.
The latest closure to be announced is Ironia Road for a two-month bridge replacement project at the Randolph and Chester Township border, between South Road and Dover-Chester Road.
SUSSEX TURNPIKE – Randolph: Milling, paving and line striping will continue through next week. Sussex Turnpike in Randolph will be closed at Hanover Avenue tonight (Thursday) until 5 a.m. Friday. Police will be on site to direct traffic through the construction zone. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/sussex-turnpike-overnight-closure-at-hanover-ave-set-for-thursday-night/
ROUTE 10 – Roxbury: The highway will be closed in both directions near Eyland Avenue for rail crossing work from 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21) to 6 a.m. Monday (Oct. 24). Detours will be in place. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/stickle-ave-rail-crossing-project-in-rockaway-borough-starts-monday-morning/
HIBERNIA ROAD – Rockaway Twp.: From 6 a.m. Monday (Oct. 24) to 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28) Hibernia Avenue will be closed between Oak Street and Vanderhoof Avenue for a rail crossing upgrade. The ramp from Hibernia Avenue to Route I-80 eastbound will be closed and detoured. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/stickle-ave-rail-crossing-project-in-rockaway-borough-starts-monday-morning/
LONG HILL ROAD – Harding: Repairs started today (Oct. 20) and may last until next Friday (Oct. 28) on a deteriorated section of the road that crosses the Great Brook. There will be a 14-mile detour on what is also a popular cycling route. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/long-hill-road-in-harding-to-be-closed-starting-thursday-14-mile-detour/
IRONIA ROAD – Randolph and Chester Twp.: The Ironia Road bridge at the border of Randolph and Chester Township will be replaced, with the 60-day project starting on Wednesday (Oct. 26). There will be a three-3 mile detour installed on South Road to Dover-Chester Road to Ironia Road.
SOUTH BEVERWYCK ROAD – Parsippany: Paving of a nearly one-mile segment from Route 80 to Reynolds Avenue should be completed today, with line striping to be completed by the end of the week.
BOONTON AVENUE – Butler: Paving of a nearly one-mile segment from Route 23 to Kiel Avenue will be done through Friday, with striping and guiderail work to follow early next week.
BOONTON AVENUE – Boonton Twp.: Paving is completed on a nearly one-mile segment from Sheep Hill Road to the Montville border. Line striping and guiderail installation are now underway.
OGDEN AVENUE – Rockaway Borough: Rail crossing upgrade work is set to start at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Ogden Avenue will then be closed permanently to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Jackson Avenue and Drake Avenue. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/stickle-ave-rail-crossing-project-in-rockaway-borough-starts-monday-morning/
GREEN VILLAGE ROAD – Chatham Twp.: Resurfacing of a 0.4-mile segment from Shunpike Road to Bridge 1400-504 is set to start next week, possibly as soon as Monday (Oct. 24), once the county contractor completes the Boonton Avenue projects. Visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/2016/10/county-resurfacing-projects-in-parsippany-and-butler-underway-boonton-twp-next/
SHUNPIKE ROAD – Chatham Twp.: Resurfacing of a 1.3-mile segment from Noe Road to Green Village Road is set to start next week, possibly as soon as Monday (Oct. 24), once the county contractor completes the Boonton Avenue projects.