Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

BERKSHIRE VALLEY ROAD AND SOUTH HILLSIDE AVE PROJECTS IN JEFFERSON AND ROXBURY ARE UNDERWAY

road work signPhase two of Morris County’s aggressive 2017 road resurfacing program will move to Fairmount Road in Washington Township next week, with the start of a 1.3-mile paving project set to start early in the week.

Meanwhile, milling of a 2.8-mile stretch of Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson is underway, with paving set to follow. Storm basin work has started on a 2.6-mile section of South Hillside Avenue in Roxbury, with milling and paving to follow.

Motorists should expect some delays and possible detours. Bicyclists should seek alternate routes.

photo of Freeholder John Cesaro

Freeholder John Cesaro

“We are working with our contractors to schedule the road work to cause minimum inconvenience possible, but there are going to be times when we just have to ask our residents to be patient and seek alternate routes during the work,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro.

Also on the paving agenda, among others, over the next two months will be resurfacing of a 3.4-mile segment of Valley Road in Long Hill – a road suffering from extensive wear and a water company project that tore up parts of the road.

The freeholders last week awarded contracts for resurfacing of Valley Road and Parsippany Road in Parsippany and Hanover, Whippany Road in Hanover, Powerville Road in Boonton Township, and West Main Street/Hawkins Place in Boonton.

Be Prepared to Stop signTo see the complete list of currently scheduled 2017 county paving projects, visit http://transportation.morriscountynj.gov/2017-paving/

Here is an update on the current projects that are underway:

  • Berkshire Valley Road, Jefferson: Milling is underway and paving will soon follow on the 2.8-mile project, which runs from Blue Road to near Manor Drive. Topline Construction of Somerville is the contractor. The bid price is $708,167. The project includes storm basin work, ADA ramps, milling, paving, and striping. The contractor has 20 working days (in good weather) to complete the work. Work is taking place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Police are assisting with traffic control. Motorists should expect travel delays.
  • South Hillside Avenue, Roxbury: Storm basin work has begun on the 2.6-mile project, which runs from Eyland Avenue to Route 10. Topline Construction of Somerville is the contractor. The bid price is $534,147. The project, which began on Monday, includes storm basin work, milling, paving and striping. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic delays. The contractor has 20 working days (in good weather) to complete the work.
  • Fairmount Road, Washington Township: The 1.3-mile project will run from West Mill Road to Highland Avenue. Topline Construction will be the contractor. The bid price is $354,166. The project, scheduled to start on Aug. 28, will include storm basin work, milling, paving, and striping. Work is expected to occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic delays and possible detours. The contractor has 20 working days (in good weather) to complete the work.

Overall, the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ have targeted upgrades to some 32 miles of county roads across 15 municipalities at a total cost of about $9 million in 2017.Photo shows paving work being done

Efforts have been made to coordinate contractors’ schedules and roadwork with municipalities, school districts, and utilities.

Portions of county roads targeted for 2017 paving 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 ongoing or planned 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.

The 2017 county paving 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.

Completed 2017 county resurfacing projects include portions of:

  • James Street: Morristown and Morris Twp.;
  • Jacksonville Road: Montville, Lincoln Park, and Pequannock;
  • Mountain Ave: Long Hill;
  • Loantaka Way: Chatham Twp.;
  • Myrtle Ave: Boonton;
  • Prospect Street/Reservoir Avenue: Boonton and Randolph