Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016


Road paving and upgrade work is underway on three busy Roxbury thoroughfares as part of Morris County’s 2016 resurfacing program, and work is set to start next week on a fourth road in Rockaway Township, all part of a coordinated four-road project.


The work includes portions of Lakeside Boulevard, Center Street and Kenvil Avenue in Roxbury, and Mount Hope Road in Rockaway Township totaling 4.6 miles. They are part of a $1.35 million county improvement project being done by Top Line Construction of Somerville, who won the county’s bid for the work.

Storm basin and handicapped ramp work has been completed on Center Street and Lakeside Boulevard, and should start next week on Kenvil Avenue. Mount Hope Road will be next in line for basin and ramp work.

The county is financing the entire cost of the project, with state matching funds not available due to the Transportation Trust Fund stalemate in Trenton. The projects were delayed for months due to the Trust Fund issue.

The Board of Freeholders last month 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.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

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 know there have been delays, and in some cases postponements, of county road projects due to the stalemate in Trenton over funding,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “But county residents should be assured that freeholders will not allow our roads to fall into disrepair.’’

“We will follow through on our promise to make sure county roads are in good shape and safe for motorists who expect us to properly maintain these roads,’’ added Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro.

The county has worked up a priority list of paving projects 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.

Roads 2Current projects include:

  • Lakeside Boulevard, Roxbury: The 0.9-mile project will run from Landing Road to the Sussex County border. Milling is in progress. Paving will start once it is done, with completion expected next week. Motorists should expect some travel delays.

Center Street, Roxbury: The 1.6-mile project will run from Lakeside Boulevard to the Netcong border. Milling and paving will start next week, and should take about three days each. 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 should start next week, followed by milling and paving, which 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 is gearing up to start work shortly. Milling and paving should take about two days each. Motorists should expect some travel delays.

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
  • Washington Twp.: Schooley’s Mountain Road, 1.4 miles, Flocktown Road to Newburgh Road
  • Washington Twp.: Schooley’s Mountain Road, 1.0 miles, Springtown Road to Flocktown Road
  • Wharton: North Main Street, 1.6 miles, Route 46 to Dewey Avenue

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.