Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
NEARLY FIVE MILES OF PAVING AND UPGRADES ARE PART OF $1.35 MILLION PROJECT
Morris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program is targeting portions of four roads in two municipalities, Roxbury and Rockaway Township, over the next few weeks, with storm basin and handicap ramp work already started, and milling and paving of some 4.6 miles of roads set to start shortly after Labor Day.
Roads to be tackled include portions of Lakeside Boulevard, Center Street and Kenvil Avenue in Roxbury, and Mount Hope Road in Rockaway Township.
Storm basin and handicapped ramp work started last week on Center Street and Lakeside Boulevard, and should be moving ahead on all four roadways soon.
This is all part of one coordinated, $1.35 million county improvement project being done by Top Line Construction of Somerville, who won the county’s bid for the work.
The county will finance the entire cost of the project, with state matching funds not available due to the Transportation Trust Fund stalemate in Trenton.
The Board of Freeholders last week said Morris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program will move ahead, but on a modified scale over the next few months, solely using $4.1 million in county tax dollars, with the cutback in the 2016 paving schedule caused by a lack of anticipated state matching funds caused by the deadlock in Trenton regarding the depleted state Transportation Trust Fund.
In addition, the freeholders recommitted to their policy of aggressively maintaining the county’s road infrastructure in 2017, saying they will target 25 to 30 miles of county roads for paving in 2017.
“We want county residents to know the freeholders are committed to this effort, and that to allow our roads to fall into disrepair would not be acceptable,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo
“We intend to follow through on our promise to improve roads across the county, to make sure they are in good shape and safe for motorists who expect us to properly maintain these roads,’’ said Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro, who is the county governing board’s liaison on public works projects.
The county’s engineering team has worked up a priority list of paving that will move ahead through the fall based on an analysis of all pending resurfacing projects, and excluding an anticipated $3.9 million in state aid.
It will be financed by $4.1 million in county capital funding, and including $700,000 taken from the unused amount budgeted for rock salt purchases last winter.
Mount Hope Road, Rockaway Township: The 1.2-mile project will run from Mount Hope Avenue to Reservoir Road. Post Labor-Day milling and paving should take about two days each. Motorists should expect some travel delays.
Center Street, Roxbury: The 1.6-mile project will run from Lakeside Boulevard to the Netcong border. Post-Labor Day milling and paving should take about three days each. Motorists should expect some travel delays.
Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes during this construction period.
The revamped schedule of projects to be done this year also include:
Other projects that had been scheduled in 2016 will be pushed back to 2017 due to the TTF funding issue. Letters are being sent to mayors in those towns to notify them of the delays until 2017.