Posted Thursday, May 11th, 2017


Photo shows paving work being doneA resurfacing project on Myrtle Avenue in Boonton should be complete early next week, with Prospect Street/Reservoir Avenue in Dover and Boonton the next target of the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ aggressive 2017 county road resurfacing program, which includes upgrades to 32.7 miles of county roads across 15 municipalities at a total cost of $9 million.

A full day of resurfacing on a 0.5-mile section of Myrtle Avenue in Boonton, is set to kick-off Friday morning (May 12) and, weather permitting, should be done by the end of Friday. Road striping is set for Monday.

The county recently completed resurfacing projects on James Street in Morristown and Morris Township; Jacksonville Road in Montville, Pequannock and Lincoln Park; Loantaka Way in Chatham Township; and Mountain Avenue in Long Hill.

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.

photo of Freeholder John Cesaro

Freeholder John Cesaro

“Properly maintaining the county road network in a first-rate county like Morris County is a key factor in maintaining the high quality of life for our residents and businesses,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on public works and roads. “We are trying to schedule the work to cause minimum inconvenience and ask residents to be patient and seek alternate routes during the work.’’

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.

Portions 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.

To see the complete list of currently scheduled 2017 county paving projects, visit:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The town of Dover has asked that its projects on the 2017 paving list be postponed until 2018 for municipal reasons.

Current projects include:

  •  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.

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.
  • Mountain Avenue, Long Hill: The 1.1-mile project ran to the Somerset County border.

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.

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.