MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Phase two of Morris County’s aggressive 2017 road resurfacing program will move to Parsippany Road in Parsippany and Hanover, followed by Whippany Road in Hanover, with the start of a combined 3.6-mile paving project set to start early in the week.
A 2.5-mile paving project on a stretch of Meyersville Road in Long Hill and Chatham Township will follow, set to start the week of Sept. 18.
In addition, the county plans to resurface three major and heavily traveled intersections: Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue in Hanover and Morris townships; Hanover and Ridgedale avenues, also in Hanover and Morris townships; and Myrtle Avenue and Wooten Street in Boonton.
The Boonton Intersection work is scheduled to start next week. Work on all three intersections will be done at night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Motorists should expect delays and possible detours. Bicyclists should seek alternate routes.
“It is vital to our residents and businesses to maintain a top quality road infrastructure,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on roads and bridges. “We are working with our contractors to schedule the road work to cause minimum inconvenience, 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,’’ Freeholder Cesaro added.
Also on the paving agenda, among others, 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.
To see the complete list of currently scheduled 2017 county paving projects, visit http://transportation.morriscountynj.gov/2017-paving/
Here is an update on the projects that are next to be done:
Parsippany Road, Parsippany: The 2.1-mile project will run from East Halsey Road to Whippany Road. Tilcon will be the contractor. The bid price is $678,000. The project includes storm drain work, ADA ramps, milling, paving and striping. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect delays.
Whippany Road, Hanover: The 1.4-mile project will run from Mt. Vernon Way to Oak Ridge Drive. Tilcon is the contractor. The bid price is $622, 200. The project includes storm drains, ADA ramps, milling, paving and striping. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect delays.
Meyersville Road, Chatham and Long Hill: The 2.6-mile project will run from just west of New Vernon Road in Long Hill to Fairmount Road in Chatham. The contractor is Top Line Construction. The bid price is $620,754. The project includes storm basin work, ADA ramps, milling, paving and striping. Work hours in Long Hill are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours are not finalized for Chatham. Expect delays.
Intersections in Boonton, Hanover and Morris Township: Milling and resurfacing projects will start in Boonton, at Myrtle Ave and Woonton Street starting Sept. 5. The contractor is Tilcon. Once done in Boonton, work will move to two of the busiest intersections in Morris County: Park Avenue and Columbia Turnpike and then Ridgedale Avenue and East Hanover Avenue – both intersections connect Hanover and Morris Township. The bid price for all three intersections is $383,300. Work will be done from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect delays.
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.
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. This effort is in addition to any ongoing or planned local or state road-improvement projects.
Efforts have been made to coordinate contractors’ schedules and roadwork with municipalities, school districts, and utilities.