Thursday, October 27th, 2016
GOOD NEWS FOR WEEKEND CYCLISTS WHO USE THE POPULAR ROUTE
Repairs have been completed ahead of schedule to a deteriorated section of Long Hill Road in Harding that crosses the Great Brook and the road has been re-opened to motorists and cyclists.
A hole developed in the road in the summer due to a section loss of the top of the pipe that crosses under it. That segment was temporarily patched but a permanent fix was required.
The structure in question was a 30-inch corrugated metal pipe with reinforced concrete end sections and an asphalt overlay that extends for 47 feet under the road, which carries about 4,500 vehicles daily and an uncounted number of cyclists. The work was done by Colonnelli Brothers of Hackensack at a price of $52,702 contract.
“We are glad to report that this job is complete and that motorists no longer have to worry about a lengthy detour to get to work or school, or just to the other side of town,” said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on roads and bridges. “I’m pleased we were able to get it repaired and re-opened so quickly.”
This road has become a very popular route for cyclists, who ride it to and through the Great Swamp, and especially use it in large numbers on weekends. The closure had required a 14-mile detour.