Thursday, October 13th, 2016

IMPORTANT!!!  EXPECT OVERNIGHT CLOSURE AND DETOUR AT HANOVER AVENUE ON OCT. 20-21

Sussex Turnpike--new intersection

Sussex Turnpike–new intersection

The Sussex Turnpike project in Randolph will be finalized over the next few weeks, with the contractor set to start pavement milling on Thursday, Oct. 20, followed by resurfacing that should begin on or about Oct. 24.

Resurfacing should take three days, followed by installation of pavement markings to complete the work.

Police will be on site to direct traffic through the construction zone during this period, with most work taking place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The exception to the 9 to 4 work schedule is that on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., Sussex Turnpike will be closed at Hanover Avenue until about 5 a.m. on Friday to allow for the milling of Sussex Turnpike to achieve the proper new grade.  A full detour around the area will be in effect overnight.

Concrete Construction Corp. is mobilizing this week to begin final completion of the Sussex Turnpike project.  The contractor will finish work on a small section of drainage pipe and complete the installation of curbs and sidewalks where necessary.sussex-turnpike-1

FOR MOTORISTS: HERE IS THE EXPECTED TWO-WEEK CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE:

  • Pavement milling will begin at 9 a.m. on or about Thursday, Oct. 20.  Work will be performed between the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Police will be onsite to direct traffic through the construction zone.
  • On Thursday night, Oct. 20, beginning at 8 p.m. Sussex Turnpike will be closed at Hanover Avenue to perform milling approximately 6 inches of roadway asphalt to lower Sussex Turnpike to the proper new grade.

The night work and roadway closure will last until 5 a.m. with the road being open to traffic for the morning rush.  A full detour around the area will be in effect for the overnight hours. Details on the detour plan are being worked out between the contractor and the police.

  • Friday Oct. 21, at 9 a.m., the contractor will continue milling efforts on Sussex Turnpike and on the now dead end portion of Hanover Avenue;
  • Final paving will follow on Oct. 24 through 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Some minor repaving work will be performed by Oct. 26 on Sussex at Dover–Chester Road to remove a dip in the road;
  • Final pavement markings will be installed on Oct. 27 or 28 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

sussex-turnpike-4The nearly $5 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 unanimously awarded 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 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.

sussex-turnpike-2The project targeted the following improvements:

  • Widening the intersection of Sussex Turnpike and Dover-Chester Road to accommodate left turn lanes on all approaches, with a new traffic signal and pedestrian ramps.
  • Widening the intersection of Sussex Turnpike and Calais Road, allowing a westbound left turn lane into Calais which has been realigned to form a 90 degree intersection with Sussex Turnpike. Underground signal equipment has been installed for a potential future traffic signal.
  • The section of Sussex Turnpike between Harvey Terrace and West Hanover Avenue have been widened to accommodate left turn lanes at intersections.
  • The traffic signal at Sussex Turnpike and Millbrook Avenue has been replaced and pedestrian ramps that can accommodate persons with disabilities have been installed.
  • West Hanover Avenue 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 has been installed at the West Hanover Avenue, Brookside Road and Sussex Turnpike interconnection. Pedestrian ramps that can accommodate persons with disabilities will be installed.
  • The existing drainage system along Sussex Avenue has been modified. A new detention basin has been 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