Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

 PRELIMINARY WORK ALSO BEGINS ON MYRTLE AVENUE IN BOONTON

County Road Paving 2017: Mountain Ave in Long Hill Paving Starts ThursdayLong Hill and Boonton are the next targets of the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ aggressive 2017 county road resurfacing program, which includes planned upgrades on 32.7 miles of county roads across 15 municipalities at a total cost of $9 million.

Two days of resurfacing on a 1.1-mile section of Mountain Avenue in Long Hill, running to the Somerset County border, is expected to start this morning and, weather permitting, be done by the end of the day on Friday.

A county hired contractor also is starting preliminary work this week on a stretch of Myrtle Avenue in Boonton. The expected two-week project includes upgrades to storm water basins and new pavement and road striping.

The county recently completed resurfacing projects on James Street in Morristown and Morris Township; Jacksonville Road in Montville, Pequannock and Lincoln Park; and Loantaka Way in Chatham Township.County Road Paving 2017: Mountain Ave in Long Hill Paving Starts Thursday

The 2017 program is a continuation of the Freeholder Board’s priority policy over the past several years of maintaining the county’s high quality road network.

“We are very aware of the importance of properly maintaining the county road network in a first-rate county like Morris County,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on public works and roads. “It is a key factor in maintaining the high quality of life for our residents, visitors, medical and educational institutions, and businesses.’’

For 2017, the freeholders have allocated $5.1 million in the county’s capital budget for paving, combined with nearly $3.9 million in anticipated state funding to finance paving projects. The county also is advancing projects for roads not paved, as expected, in 2016 due to delays caused by a state government stalemate over financing of the State Transportation Trust Fund.

County Road Paving 2017: Mountain Ave in Long Hill Paving Starts ThursdayPortions of county roads scheduled for paving in 2017 are located in Boonton, Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Dover, Hanover, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Montville, Pequannock, Morristown, Morris Township, Morristown, Parsippany, Randolph, Roxbury, and Washington Township. This effort is in addition to any local or state road-improvement projects.

Some of the more extensive work will include portions of Boonton Turnpike in Lincoln Park, Valley Road in Long Hill, Whippany Road in Hanover, Hillside Avenue in Roxbury, Meyersville Road in Long Hill and Chatham Township, and Powerville Road in Boonton Township.

Freeholder Doug Cabana

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana

“To allow our county roads to fall into disrepair would not be acceptable,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “I can assure county residents that the freeholder board is committed to this effort. And we will make every effort to notify motorists in advance of upcoming projects, ensure required police presence, and to cause the least possible disruption.’’

To see the complete list of currently scheduled 2017 county paving projects, visit: http://transportation.morriscountynj.gov/2017-paving/

Current and upcoming projects include:

  • Mountain Avenue, Long Hill: The 1.1-mile project will run from residence Number 208 to the Somerset County border. Top Line Construction is the contractor. The bid price is $412,560. The project includes storm basin work, milling, paving, and striping. Motorists should expect some travel delays.
  • Myrtle Avenue, Boonton: The 0.5-mile project will run from Wooten Street to Fulton Street. Intercounty Paving of Hackettstown is the contractor. The bid price is $244,500. The project, including storm basin work, milling, paving, and striping, has started this week and should take two weeks to complete. Motorists should expect travel delays.
  • Prospect Street/Reservoir Ave, Dover and Randolph: The 0.9-mile project will run from West Blackwell Street in Dover to Hawthorne Street in Randolph. Konkus Corp. of Chester is the contractor. The bid price is $343,594. The project will include ADA/mobility ramp work, milling, paving, and striping. It is expected to start on or about May 22.
Senior County Engineer Richard Johnson and Freeholder John Cesaro check a Dover road to be paved

Senior County Engineer Richard Johnson and Freeholder John Cesaro check Prospect Street in Dover, which is going to be resurfaced

Recently completed projects, include:

  • James Street, Morristown and Morris Twp.: The 0.8-mile project included two sections: Spring Brook Road to Nottingham Court, and Ogden Place to South Street.
  • Jacksonville Road, Montville, Lincoln Park, and Pequannock: The 3.5-mile project runs from Main Street in Montville to West Parkway in Pequannock.
  • Loantaka Way, Chatham Twp.: The 0.7-mile project was paved from Spring Valley Road to Shunpike Road.

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.road sign for a bicycle

The Freeholders over the past four years have made the maintenance of the county’s 287-mile road network a priority issue. To expedite projects, the freeholders for the past few years have approved short-term financing to allow the county to bid projects early in the season and move full-speed-ahead during the spring and summer on a full slate of road repaving.

In creating the 2017 road-paving list, the county used an extensive assessment of its entire road network done in late 2015, as part of an effort to create a pavement management program for future road improvement and resurfacing projects.

Consultant Michael Baker Jr. Inc.’s team literally drove every mile of county roads with a special vehicle to assess damage and deterioration rates. Raw data collected by this process is aiding the county in prioritizing work and determining appropriate road maintenance measures.

A similar effort will be conducted on a regular cycle to enhance the county’s visual road inspections.