Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
The Morris County Board of Freeholders and the county’s Division of Engineering and Transportation have been formally acknowledged by the Roxbury Township Council for their roles in making traffic safety improvements at the Route 10-Hillside Avenue intersection in the township.
Roxbury Mayor Jim Rilee presented the county with a Certificate of Appreciation during the township council’s July 8 public meeting in recognition of the county’s efforts in the design, funding and installation of “much needed upgrades” to the intersection, thus “improving the quality of life not only for the residents of Roxbury but New Jersey commuters in general.”
Freeholder Deputy Director David Scapicchio, liaison to the Division of Engineering and Transportation, accepted the certificate on the county’s behalf and thanked the mayor and council for the public recognition.
“The freeholders and our engineering staff were pleased to see this entire project through from design to completion,” Scapicchio said. “These upgrades will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians alike.”
County Engineer Christopher J. Vitz said the $574,000 project included widening northbound Hillside Avenue to three lanes, a dedicated left turn lane, a thru lane and a right turn lane as it approaches Route 10.
Southbound Hillside Avenue was widened to include a dedicated left turn lane and a shared through, right turn lane.
Vitz said the intersections at Hillside and Route 10 and at Hillside and Main Street were also fully upgraded with new signal equipment including image detection, pedestrian push buttons, and count down pedestrian signals. Pedestrian ramps were constructed in accordance with the American with Disability Act standards and were placed throughout both intersections, with crosswalks installed, Vitz said.
On hand to accept the certificate from Mayor Rilee besides Scapicchio and Vitz were freeholders Kathy DeFillippo and John Krickus and Debra Dellagiacoma, assistant county traffic engineer, who was the project manager.