Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
First of Four Morrris County Railroad-Crossing Projects in October and November
Necessary Safety Work Will Require Road Closures and Detours
Four major Morris County railroad crossing rehabilitation projects that will require road closures and detours will be undertaken over the next month in Denville, the Rockaways, and Roxbury, with work to start at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, on the Stickle Avenue crossing in Rockaway Borough.
The projects will be done one at a time. Three of the four projects will be done during the week, with the Route 10 crossing in Roxbury to be done on a weekend.
The state-financed work will improve crossings on the county owned Dover & Rockaway Railroad and the Chester Branch Railroad, which are both operated by the Morristown & Erie Railway.
“This is work that must be done for rail and motoring safety,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the freeholder board’s liaison on road projects. “We are going to try to limit the inconvenience to motorists for the shortest period of time possible. On Route 10, we will avoid the normal work and school day commuting periods.’’
“We already are working closely with each of the affected towns to be sure their residents are fully informed of the short-term impact and required detours, and will work hand-in-hand with local police to make sure that motorists have clear and easy access to detours,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
From Stickle Avenue east:
From Stickle Avenue west:
2. ROUTE 10 RAILROAD CROSSING IN ROXBURY
Route 10 is scheduled to be closed in both directions between Eyland Avenue and Main Street, before the railroad grade crossing on Friday Oct. 21. Beginning at 6 p.m. Route 10 eastbound will be closed and at 8 p.m., Route 10 westbound will be closed. Route 10 will be reopened in both directions by 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24.
Roxbury officials asked the county to do the Route 10 project on one weekend rather than stretch out the work, which would have caused motoring inconvenience over a longer period of time.
The following detours will be in place:
From Route 10 east:
From Route 10 west:
Route 10 truck detour:
A truck detour is provided to detour trucks that are over 4 TONS around the construction area.
be closed between Oak Street and Vanderhoof Avenue, before the railroad grade crossing. During construction, the ramp from Hibernia Avenue to Route I-80 eastbound will be closed and detoured for the duration of the project. In addition, a temporary one lane road will go across the tracks between Cooper Street and Hibernia Avenue for access to Vanderhoof Avenue only.
From Hibernia Avenue to I-80 eastbound:
Traffic wishing to access Route I-80 eastbound will be directed to Route 46 eastbound, then follow the regular sign indications to Route I-80:
traffic between Jackson Avenue and Drake Avenue, at the railroad grade crossing. Plantings, curbing and guide rail will be installed to buffer the railroad from outside access.
The traffic detours will be coordinated with the local police. If work is completed earlier, the roadways will be reopened accordingly.
In order to provide safer and smoother railroad crossing in Morris County, the existing crossings will be replaced with new concrete crossings and new asphalt approaches. This federally-funded project is included within NJDOT’s railroad grade-crossing safety program which repairs, upgrades, or removes approximately 30 crossings each year, statewide.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
Here is more information on each of the crossing projects.