Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The Morris County Board of Freeholders today announced the 2016 list of county road paving projects that will target 22 miles across 16 municipalities at a total cost of $7.3 million, in a continuation of the board’s aggressive effort to improve and maintain the county’s road network.

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The freeholders have allocated $3.4 million in the county’s capital budget for paving, combined with nearly $3.9 million in anticipated state funding to finance the 2016 paving projects effort.

Portions of county roads scheduled for paving this year are located in Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Township, Long Hill, Madison, Montville, Pequannock, Lincoln Park, Morris Township, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, Washington Township, and Wharton.

To see the complete list of paving projects, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-Roadway-Resurfacing-Chart-as-of-2-10-16.pdf

“The freeholders understand the importance of properly maintaining the roads in a first-rate county like Morris County,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on public works and roads. “It’s important to the quality of life for our residents, visitors, and businesses.’’

John Cesaro

John Cesaro

The Freeholders over the past several years have stressed the need to maintain and upgrade the county’s 280 mile road network, which in 2015 –for a second consecutive year – got a facelift on nearly 30 miles of county maintained roads. The county paved 28 miles of road in 2015.

In fact, to expedite projects, the freeholders for the past two years approved short-term financing to allow the county to bid projects early in the season and move full-speed-ahead during the spring and summer on a full slate of road repaving.

The board allocated the more than $10 million full cost of the road resurfacing, even before the state has approved its share of the costs.

Vehicle used to analyze county roads

Vehicle used to analyze county roads

Also, in 2015, the freeholders approved an extensive assessment of its entire road network with a goal of creating a pavement management program to help guide the county in creating an annual priority list for future road improvement and resurfacing projects.

Hamilton, N.J.-based consultant Michael Baker Jr. Inc’s team literally drove every mile of county roads starting in the fall of 2015 with a special vehicle to assess damage and deterioration rates. The raw data collected by this process has been compiled and is aiding the county in prioritizing work and determining appropriate roadway maintenance measures.