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.
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.
|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:
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.