Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Morris County Freeholders have approved a contract for a 1.5 mile resurfacing of Lees Hill Road in Harding, with preparation work expected to begin on the road this week, as part of the county’s enhanced 2015 road resurfacing program.

County's Enhanced Road Resurfacing Program Targets Lees Hill Road in Harding

Other resurfacing projects are underway or will start soon in Chatham, Dover, Mine Hill, Randolph and Rockaway Township.

Lees Hill Road will be resurfaced for 1.5 miles starting at Village Road and moving south towards the Somerset County border.

 Basin and milling work are scheduled to be done this week, and paving should begin on Aug.3, with the project expected to take about two weeks in total.

A $426,285 contract was awarded to Schifano Construction of Middlesex County for the job.

The road will not be closed during the resurfacing project. Instead, there will be single lane closures allowing alternating traffic to pass through the project area. 

The Lees Hill project is one of a series of county road resurfacing efforts that are being undertaken this summer as part of an enhanced paving schedule approved by the freeholders. Milling and paving work is currently underway on major roads in five other municipalities.   

Roads being tackled include Center Grove Road in Randolph, Blackwell Street in Dover and Rockaway Township, Watchung Avenue in Chatham Borough, and Canfield Avenue in Randolph and Mine Hill.

“This is all part of the freeholder board’s aggressive efforts to improve roads countywide, to ensure they are in top shape and safe for motorists,’’ said Morris County Freeholder David Scapicchio, who is the county governing board’s liaison on public works projects.

County's Enhanced Road Resurfacing Program Targets Lees Hill Road in Harding
Freeholder Dave Scapicchio

Scapicchio said the freeholders budgeted more than $6 million in their 2015 capital program for roadway resurfacing in order to continue to provide the high level of road improvement work that was implemented starting in 2014.

In addition to Lees Hill, other projects include:

  • Center Grove Road, Randolph: The nearly one-mile project will run from Route 10 to School House Road, with paving currently being done. Motorists should expect some detours and travel delays. The contractor is Tilcon New York.

  • Watchung Avenue, Chatham Borough: The one-mile project will run from the bridge at the Union County border in Summit to LaFayette Avenue, with milling starting today, with paving to follow. There will be some detours and likely traffic delays. The contractor is Schifano Construction.

  • Canfield Avenue, Randolph and Mine Hill: The 1.1 mile project will run from Route 10 in Randolph through Randolph Avenue in Mine Hill, with paving expected to be done in August. Police traffic detours will occur as needed. The contractor is Topline Construction.

  • Blackwell Street, Dover and Rockaway Township: The eight-tenths of a mile project will run from Salem Street in Dover to Dover-Rockaway Road in Rockaway Township, with basin work expected to start soon and milling and paving to be done in August. There may be some detours and parking restrictions, and some possible traffic delays. The contractor is Topline Construction.

Road closures and detours will be properly signed and coordinated with the local police departments for all of the projects. Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes during this construction period, and to be especially aware of milling, which could make roads difficult to traverse on bikes.

Some other major county road resurfacing projects that have been completed this year include portions of Green Pond and Berkshire Valley roads in Jefferson, Parsippany Boulevard in Parsippany, West Mill Road in Washington Township, and Old Denville Road in Boonton Township and Denville.