Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Repairs will be made to a deterioratingbikes section of Long Hill Road in Harding starting tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 20, on a segment that crosses the Great Brook. It will require closing the road to motorists and also to cyclists, with a lengthy detour to be set up for the duration of the work.

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. It also will be closed to pedestrians.

The road could be closed for up to nine days, though Morris County engineering officials hope the work could be completed sooner. The county has awarded a $52,702 contract to Colonnelli Brothers of Hackensack for the county funded project.

Long Hill Road - site of temporary repair

Site of temporary repair

“We are aware of the importance of this cross road that runs through the Great Swamp not only to motorists but also to bicyclists, who use it as a key recreational route,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on roads and bridges. “We will do everything we can to get it re-opened as soon as possible.

Recently a hole developed in the roadway due to a section loss of the top of the pipe that crosses under the road and is totally submerged in the water. That segment was temporarily patched in August but a permanent fix is required.

image of damaged pipe that runs under Long Hill Road

Damaged pipe that runs under Long Hill Road

The structure in question is 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 “bridge’’ is expected to be closed for up to nine days from Oct. 20 to Oct. 28. There will be a 14-mile detour installed on Meyersville Road/Fairmount Avenue to Southern Boulevard to Pleasantville Road/Village Road to Whitehead Road to Long Hill Road.

There will be signs erected to direct motorists and cyclists to the detour route. Variable Message Signs already are installed in the area to alert motorists.