Posted Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Morris County’s expanded road resurfacing program continues this week on a portion of county-maintained Sussex Turnpike in Randolph Township.

Inlet work, milling and resurfacing of a 1.45 mile stretch of Sussex Turnpike, from Dover Chester Road to Calais Road in Randolph is expected to begin Thursday, Aug. 21.

The project is to be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 26, weather permitting, with striping of the newly repaved portion of the roadway scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Crews will be on site from approximately 7 a.m. each morning. The road will be kept open to eastbound traffic during the construction, with detours posted for traffic heading west.  Traffic flow will be managed by the Randolph Police Department, which advises motorists to expect delays in the area and to plan accordingly.

The work is part of the county’s enhanced road resurfacing program for 2014, according to Morris County Freeholder David Scapicchio, liaison to the Department of Planning and Public Works.

The Morris Freeholders increased the county capital budget earlier this year to allow for the repaving of approximately 33 miles of county-maintained roadways instead of the 17 miles per year the county normally averages, and the 22 miles the county repaved last year.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the freeholders are responding as a board to the concerns that have been expressed by county residents and local officials over county road conditions caused by the harsh 2013-2014 winter.

Morris County maintains 300 miles of county roadways.