Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


roadsMorris 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.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“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.

Roads 2Current projects include:

  • Schooley’s Mountain Road, Washington Township: The 2.4-mile project will run from Springtown Road to Newburgh Road. Basin work starts this week to be followed by milling, paving and striping. The entire project should take about one month. The contractor is Konkus Corporation of Chester. Work should run from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. daily. Expect traffic delays due to alternating traffic flow, with possible detours.
  • Lakeside Boulevard, Roxbury: The 0.9-mile project runs from Landing Road to the Sussex County border. Paving has been completed. There is just some traffic road stripe markings remaining.
  • Center Street, Roxbury: The 1.7-mile project will run from Lakeside Boulevard to the Netcong border. Paving will start today (Tuesday 9/20) and should take about three days, followed by road striping. Motorists should expect some travel delays.
  • Kenvil Avenue, Roxbury: The 1.0-mile project will run from Main Street to Route 46. Storm basin and ramp work are completed. Milling and paving will start soon, and should take two days apiece. Motorists should expect some travel delays.
  • Mount Hope Road, Rockaway Township: The 1.2-mile project will run from Mount Hope Avenue to Reservoir Road. The contractor has completed storm basin work. There is no date yet for milling and paving, which will start once the Kenvil Avenue paving is completed.

(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.)

bikesRoad 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.

The revamped schedule of projects to be done this year also include:

  • Boonton: Boonton Avenue, 0.9 miles, Sheep Hill Road to the Montville border
  • Butler: Boonton Avenue, 0.8 miles, Route 23 to Kiel Avenue
  • Chatham Twp.: Green Village Road, 0.4 miles, Shunpike Road to Bridge 1400-504
  • Chatham Twp.: Shunpike Road, 1.3 miles, Noe Road to Green Village Road
  • Parsippany: South Beverwyck Road, 1.0 miles, Reynolds Avenue to Route 80

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.