Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Improvements and Resurfacing of South Beverwyck Road and Boonton Avenue
Morris County’s 2016 road resurfacing program is now targeting a nearly one-mile section of busy South Beverwyck Road in Parsippany, with storm basin and drainage work starting today on what is expected to be a two-week project at a cost of $248,039.
The first phase of work on repaving Boonton Avenue in Butler also has begun, with the second phase in Boonton Township to start later this week, and milling and paving of both to be done on both by the end of next week.
The South Beverwyck Road project will encompass a section of the road from Route 80 to Reynolds Avenue, with work to be done from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to minimize rush hour traffic delays. The project will include storm basin 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.
However, the Morris County Board of Freeholders decided to move ahead with the county’s 2016 road resurfacing program, on a modified scale and including South Beverwyck Road, solely using $4.1 million in county tax dollars.
“The freeholders are committed to maintaining our infrastructure,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “Busy county roads like South Beverwyck Road, which carries so much traffic and is a vital artery to residents, schools and businesses, must be maintained. To let them fall into disrepair would not be acceptable.’’
“We must ensure that 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.
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.
Current projects include:
(The Roxbury and Rockaway Township road work is a coordinated project being done by Top Line Construction of Somerville. The bid cost is $1.35 million.)
(The Boonton Avenue work in Butler and Boonton Township is one coordinated project. Total bid cost is $539,114.)
The revamped schedule of projects to be done this year, expected to start in late October, also include:
Road 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.
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.