Thursday, September 8th, 2016
NEARLY FIVE MILES OF UPGRADES ARE PART OF $1.35 MILLION PROJECT
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.
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.
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.
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.