Friday, March 3rd, 2017

WORK SET TO START IN LINCOLN PARK NEXT WEEK

COUNTY PAVING WORK ALSO SET THIS SPRING AND SUMMER FOR LINCOLN PARK

Boonton Turnpike., Main Street, Beaverbrook Road intersection

Boonton Turnpike, Main Street, Beaverbrook Road intersection

Work should start next week on four major intersection improvement projects in Lincoln Park, with the county effort to include some road widening, new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and ramps, and left-turn lanes.

Morris County has awarded a $1.3 million contract to JC Contracting of Rahway for the work, which will start Monday at the Boonton Turnpike-Main Street-Beaverbrook Road intersection.

The county will pay $1.1 million and the town’s share of the cost is $213,151.

“The Morris County Freeholders have made maintaining and improving our county road network a priority issue, and this effort in Lincoln Park is part of that overall mission,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, who is the county governing board’s public works and roads liaison.

Morris County to Start Major Intersection Upgrade Projects in Lincoln Park

Freeholder John Cesaro

“We ask local residents and motorists to be patient during this work period because we understand it will cause some inconvenience, but the improvements will benefit the borough for the long term,’’ Cesaro added.

The project includes the following intersections, with work to done in this order:

  • Boonton Turnpike/Beaverbrook Road and Main Street (set to start on Monday, March 6)
  • Boonton Turnpike and Chapel Hill Road
  • Boonton Turnpike and Comly Road
  • Comly Road and Main Street.
Boonton Turnpike and Chapel Hill Road

Boonton Turnpike and Chapel Hill Road

The improvements will include full traffic signal replacement; pedestrian upgrades, including ADA ramps and pedestrian signal push buttons; new left turn lanes; some road widening, and sidewalk work.

When construction is completed, Lincoln Park will take jurisdiction of Chapel Hill Road and Main Street between Boonton Turnpike and Comly Road. All traffic signals subsequently will be maintained by Lincoln Park.

In addition to the intersection work, in separate contracts, the county will pave:

  • Boonton Turnpike, 2.0 miles, from E. Main Street to the Passaic County line;
  • Comly Road, 0.2 miles, from East Main Street to Boonton Turnpike;
  • East Main Street, 0.2 miles, from Route 202 to Comply Road;
  • Chapel Hill Road, 0.1 miles, from East Main Street to Route 202

“Lincoln Park is very appreciative of the improvements to our intersections being done with the help of Morris County,’’ said Lincoln Park Mayor David Runfeldt. “Pedestrian safety in this area has always been a concern of ours and these changes should help more residents utilize our Main Street shopping area.

Comly Road and Main Street

Comly Road and Main Street

“The upgraded traffic signals, in addition to helping traffic flow, will allow for continuous operation in times of prolonged emergency. In addition, we look forward to the paving work to be done later this year by the county in the areas of the improved intersections and on entire length of Boonton Turnpike.’’

To minimize commuter traffic delays, intersection work occur from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., avoiding commuter rush hours and morning school traffic. There are no planned road closures. Rather, there will be some lane closures.

Local police will patrol the construction sites to help ensure traffic and pedestrian safety.

The entire four-intersection project should be completed by the end of the summer.

To view the area in question, view the map at: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Boonton+Turnpike+%26+Main+St,+Lincoln+Park,[email protected],-74.3088627,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c303febcb09969:0x44eb4acf347fde14!8m2!3d40.923054!4d-74.306674