Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
WORK ALSO CONTINUES ON FOUR COUNTY ROADS IN ROXBURY AND ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP
Morris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program is next targeting a 2.4-mile section of Schooley’s Mountain Road in Washington Township, with storm basin work scheduled to start tomorrow on what is expected to be a month-long project at a cost of $696,000.
The work will encompass a section of the busy road from Springtown Road to Newburgh Road, with work to start each weekday at 9 a.m. and to run to 4 or 5 p.m. The project will include storm basin and guide rail upgrades, milling, paving, and road striping.
The project was delayed for several months, and was in jeopardy for the 2016 paving season, due to the political stalemate in Trenton over the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, which is nearly broke and has no money for anticipated financing matches for county projects.
However, the Morris County Board of Freeholders last month decided unanimously to move ahead with the county’s 2016 road resurfacing program, but on a modified scale over the next few months, solely using $4.1 million in county tax dollars. 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 – even if there are no state funds forthcoming.
“The freeholders are committed to maintaining our infrastructure,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “To allow busy county roads like Schooley’s Mountain Road, which carries so much traffic in the western section of our county, to fall to disrepair would not be acceptable. We will do what is necessary in 2017 to make sure our roads remain a priority.’’
“We plan to follow through on our promise to make sure our county roads are in good shape and safe for cars and trucks and school busses that rely on a high quality county road network,’’ added 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, including $700,000 taken from the unused amount budgeted for rock salt purchases last winter.
(The Roxbury and Rockaway Township road work is all technically 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 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 have been sent to municipal engineers in those towns to notify them of the delays until 2017.