Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


As resurfacing of segments of two busy Chatham Township roads starts this week, several other Morris County road and rail projects are near completion, which should end detours and delays, and result in upgraded motoring surfaces.

Hibernia Avenue rail crossing

Hibernia Avenue rail crossing

Milling and paving is set to start Thursday on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township, with the work expected to extend into next week. When completed, road crews next will move to a section of Green Village Road for resurfacing work that should last through the week.

Also this week, the replacement of the Ironia Road bridge at the border of Chester and Randolph townships is set to start. It is a two month project that will require a three-mile detour.

At the same time, however, several major projects have been completed or are in final stages of work, which should end construction delays.

“The freeholder board is committed to maintaining a high quality of transportation infrastructure in Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on road and bridge issues. “We know these projects have inconvenienced drivers and cyclists, but the improvement will last for a very long time.’’

signsHere is a current look at county road, rail and bridge projects in Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Township, Chester Township, Denville, Harding, Parsippany, Randolph, Rockaway Borough, and Rockaway Township.


SHUNPIKE ROAD: Chatham Twp.: Resurfacing of 1.3-miles from Noe Road to Green Village Road is set to start. Konkus Corp. is the contractor. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Delays are expected.

GREEN VILLAGE ROAD: Chatham Twp.: Resurfacing of 0.4-miles at Shunpike Road is set to start next week. Konkus Corp. is the contractor. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Delays are expected.

IRONIA ROAD: – Randolph and Chester Twp.: The Ironia Road bridge at the Randolph and Chester Township border will be replaced. The 60-day project starts today (Oct. 26). There is a three-mile detour at South and Dover-Chester roads.

HIBERNIA AVENUE: Rockaways/Denville: The road is now closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. as a new rail crossing is installed between Oak Street and Vanderhoof Avenue. Good news is that the road may open a day early – by Friday.

SUSSEX TURNPIKE: Randolph: Paving should be completed Thursday, possibly into Friday, with line striping to follow.

LONG HILL ROAD: Harding: Repairs that started Oct. 20 may be finished ahead of schedule, with a possible opening on Thursday on a section of the road that crosses the Great Brook. There is a 14-mile detour in place on what also is a popular cycling route.

ROUTE 10: Roxbury: The rail crossing work was completed on time over the weekend. Some final cleanup and electrical work are being completed but will not delay traffic.

SOUTH BEVERWYCK ROAD:  Parsippany: Paving of a nearly one-mile segment from Route 80 to Reynolds Avenue is completed.

BOONTON AVENUE: Butler: Paving of a nearly one-mile segment from Route 23 to Kiel Avenue is done. Striping underway.

BOONTON AVENUE: Boonton Twp.: Paving is done on a nearly one-mile segment from Sheep Hill Road to the Montville border. Line striping is underway.

OGDEN AVENUE: Rockaway Borough: Rail crossing upgrade work is set to start at 6 a.m. next Monday, Oct. 31. Ogden Avenue will then be closed permanently to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Jackson Avenue and Drake Avenue.