Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017


Be Prepared to Stop signPhase two of Morris County’s aggressive 2017 road resurfacing program is set to start next week with a 2.8-mile paving project on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson, and a host of projects to follow countywide over the next three months.

Included 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. That project is likely to occur in September.

Overall, the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ aggressive county road resurfacing effort has targeted upgrades to some 32 miles of county roads across 15 municipalities at a total cost of about $9 million in 2017.road crews resurfacing a road

Portions of county roads on the 2017 paving schedule 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.

Moris County Freeholders road resurfacing signsIMPORTANT NOTE: Dover requested that work on segments of East Blackwell and West Blackwell streets be delayed until 2018 for municipal reasons due to ongoing development projects.

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.

“We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our county road network, which is vital to our residents and businesses,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro. “A first-rate road network is a key factor in helping to maintain the high quality of life for our county residents.’’

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

“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,’’ Cesaro added.bicycling road sign

Upcoming 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.

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.

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

The Berkshire Valley Road project is set to start on the week of Aug. 7. Signs informing motorists about the work have been installed.

  • Berkshire Valley Road, Jefferson: The 2.8-mile project will run from Blue Road to near Manor Drive. Topline Construction of Somerville will be 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 will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Police will assist with traffic control. Motorists should expect travel delays.

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