Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

First of Four Morrris County Railroad-Crossing Projects in October and November
Necessary Safety Work Will Require Road Closures and Detours

rail-crossingFour major Morris County railroad crossing rehabilitation projects that will require road closures and detours will be undertaken over the next month in Denville, the Rockaways, and Roxbury, with work to start at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, on the Stickle Avenue crossing in Rockaway Borough.

The projects will be done one at a time. Three of the four projects will be done during the week, with the Route 10 crossing in Roxbury to be done on a weekend.

The state-financed work will improve crossings on the county owned Dover & Rockaway Railroad and the Chester Branch Railroad, which are both operated by the Morristown & Erie Railway.

“This is work that must be done for rail and motoring safety,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the freeholder board’s liaison on road projects. “We are going to try to limit the inconvenience to motorists for the shortest period of time possible. On Route 10, we will avoid the normal work and school day commuting periods.’’

“We already are working closely with each of the affected towns to be sure their residents are fully informed of the short-term impact and required detours, and will work hand-in-hand with local police to make sure that motorists have clear and easy access to detours,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

Stickle Ave Rail Crossing

Stickle Ave Rail Crossing

  1. Stickle Avenue railroad crossing in Rockaway
    Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, the two-way traffic on Stickle Avenue is scheduled to be closed between Oak Street and Cobb Street, before the railroad grade crossing. The following detours will be in place:

From Stickle Avenue east:

  • Vehicles traveling east on Stickle Avenue will be directed south to Union Street
  • Make a left onto Cobb Street
  • Then another left back onto Stickle Avenue

From Stickle Avenue west:

  • Vehicles traveling west on Stickle Avenue will be directed south to Cobb Street
  • Continue on Cobb Street, and make a right on Union Street
  • Then another right back onto Stickle Avenue

2. ROUTE 10 RAILROAD CROSSING IN ROXBURY

Route 10 Rail Crossing

Route 10 Rail Crossing

Route 10 is scheduled to be closed in both directions between Eyland Avenue and Main Street, before the railroad grade       crossing on Friday Oct. 21. Beginning at 6 p.m. Route 10 eastbound will be closed and at 8 p.m., Route 10 westbound will be closed. Route 10 will be reopened in both directions by 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

Roxbury officials asked the county to do the Route 10 project on one weekend rather than stretch out the work, which would have caused motoring inconvenience over a longer period of time.

The following detours will be in place:

From Route 10 east:

  • Vehicles traveling on Route 10 eastbound will be directed to make a right onto Eyland Avenue
  • Make a left onto Righter Road
  • Then another left onto Park Avenue
  • Make a right onto Sussex Turnpike
  • Make a left onto Canfield Avenue and continue to Route 10

From Route 10 west:

  • Vehicles traveling on Route 10 westbound will be directed to make a right onto Main street
  • Make a left onto Eyland Avenue and continue to Route 10

Route 10 truck detour:
A truck detour is provided to detour trucks that are over 4 TONS around the construction area.

  • Trucks on Route 10 eastbound that are traveling pass Eyland Avenue, will be diverted to Route 46 east to Canfield Avenue, make a right onto Canfield Avenue to Route 10.
  • Trucks on Route 10 westbound that are traveling pass Eyland Avenue will be directed to make a right onto Canfield Avenue to Route 46, and make a left onto Route 46 west, continue on Route 46 west to the intersection with Route 10.
  1. HIBERNIA AVENUE RAILROAD CROSSING IN ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP/DENVILLE
    Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, the two-way traffic on Hibernia Avenue is scheduled to

    Hibernia Rail Crossing

    Hibernia Rail Crossing

    be closed between Oak Street and Vanderhoof Avenue, before the railroad grade crossing. During construction, the ramp from Hibernia Avenue to Route I-80 eastbound will be closed and detoured for the duration of the project. In addition, a temporary one lane road will go across the tracks between Cooper Street and Hibernia Avenue for access to Vanderhoof Avenue only.

From Hibernia Avenue to I-80 eastbound:
Traffic wishing to access Route I-80 eastbound will be directed to Route 46 eastbound, then follow the regular sign indications to Route I-80:

  • Traffic from Hibernia Avenue/CR 513/Halsey Avenue will be directed to bear left onto Green Pond Road
  • Make a right onto Morris Avenue, which turns into Savage Road
  • Make a right onto Franklin Road
  • Make another left at the intersection with West Main Street/Route 46 eastbound
  • Traffic traveling on East Main Street/CR644 will be directed to stay on CR644 to the intersection with Route 46 eastbound (Follow signs for I-80 eastbound)
  1. OGDEN AVENUE RAILROAD CROSSING IN ROCKAWAY BOROUGH
    Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Ogden Avenue is scheduled to be closed permanently to vehicular and pedestrian

    Ogden Road Rail Crossing

    Ogden Road Rail Crossing

    traffic between Jackson Avenue and Drake Avenue, at the railroad grade crossing. Plantings, curbing and guide rail will be installed to buffer the railroad from outside access.

The traffic detours will be coordinated with the local police. If work is completed earlier, the roadways will be reopened accordingly.

In order to provide safer and smoother railroad crossing in Morris County, the existing crossings will be replaced with new concrete crossings and new asphalt approaches. This federally-funded project is included within NJDOT’s railroad grade-crossing safety program which repairs, upgrades, or removes approximately 30 crossings each year, statewide.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Here is more information on each of the crossing projects.