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Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Columbia Turnpike/Park Avenue AND Myrtle Ave/Wootton Street

Morris County plans to resurface two major intersections next week in nighttime paving jobs on Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue at the border of Hanover and Morris townships, and the Myrtle Avenue and Wootton Street intersection on Boonton.

photo shows intersection of Park Avenue and Columbia Turnpike

Intersection of Park Avenue and Columbia Turnpike

Both of these projects were scheduled for last fall but were postponed due to cold temperatures that pushed work to this spring.

The Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue work should be done on the evening of Monday, May 14, with a goal of completing the project in one night. Paving will take place on Tuesday.

Once that work is completed, the contractor will move to the Boonton intersection, with work likely to start on Tuesday evening, May 15, on the Myrtle Avenue and Wootton Street site.

photo showing deteriorated condition of pavement at Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue

Pavement at county’s busiest intersection, Columbia Turnpike and Park Ave, has taken quite a pounding

All work is planned for 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize traffic delays. The contractor for this jointly bid project is Tilcon. The bid price for the intersection work (including a third project in Hanover completed in the fall) is $383,300.

“We’d like to thank county residents in advance or their patience in dealing with the temporary inconveniences that will be caused by the work at these extremely important and busy intersections,’’ said Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on roads and bridges.

There is no good time to do it, so we have scheduled the work to be done at nights and early mornings, and will work closely with our contractors and local police to cause minimum inconvenience,’’ Freeholder Cesaro added.

The Board of Freeholders last month announced the 2018 list of county road paving projects that will target more than 30 miles across 24 municipalities at a total cost of $9 million, in a continuation of the board’s continuing policy of maintaining and improving the county’s high quality road network.

Portions of county roads scheduled for paving in 2018 are located in Butler, Chatham Borough, Dover, Florham Park, Hanover, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, and Madison.

Work is also set for roads in Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Township, Morristown, Netcong, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, Washington Township, and Wharton.

To see the complete list of currently scheduled 2018 county paving projects, visit: