Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Roads 3Morris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program commenced this week with storm basin and disabled access ramp work underway on a 1.5 mile section of Main Street in Wharton.

Milling and repaving on Main Street, from Route 46 to just short of Dewey Avenue, is expected to begin next week and take four days to complete.

This is just the beginning of an ambitious county road resurfacing program for 2016, funded through county and state dollars.

The Board of Freeholders in February 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.

Roads 1The 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.

The Wharton project is actually a leftover 2015 project, using 2015 funds.

To see the complete list of 2016 paving projects, visit:

John Cesaro

John Cesaro

“The freeholders know the importance of maintaining roads in a first-rate county like Morris County, and we are glad to start with a needed project in Wharton’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on public works and roads.

A $475,112 contract was awarded to Konkus Corp. of Chester for the Wharton job.

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

One new crosswalk will be added to Main Street, at Fern Avenue, as part of this project. Work will begin each day at 8:30 a.m.

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.