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Chip sealing begins Monday in Byram Township

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A contractor working for Byram Township will be performing chip sealing in certain neighborhoods on Monday July 24, weather permitting, according to township officials.

Here are the following neighborhoods:

Forest Lakes

  • Sherwood Forest

Cranberry Lake

  • South Shore Rd.

Lake Lackawanna

  • Bank St
  • Pine Point

The township has elected to perform this application to your roadway to extend the lifespan and integrity of the roads while waiting for the gas companies to install main in your area. Rather than pave the roadway only to have it be damaged by gas main installation, the township deemed this was an appropriate alternative to extend the roadway’s life at a minimal cost, officials said.

Once the gas main and services are installed, the township has plans to pave the roadways at which time a 5-year moratorium will be placed on digging in the roadways, officials said.

The chip seal application will consist of the placement of emulsified asphalt and a layer of 1/4 inch stone on the roadway. This will provide a waterproof membrane to repel moisture from entering the sub-grade and adds elasticity to prevent reflective cracking from showing through the new surface, officials said.

Access to properties will be maintained during construction. However, residents should drive slowly over the oil and chip surface because there will be loose stone. Residents, pets and bicycles are not recommended to use roadways while the oil is wet because asphalt is difficult to remove from clothing, rugs, etc., officials said.

All vehicles, trailers, and boats must be removed from roadways between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Officials also ask that homeowners notify any contractors, landscapers, and delivery drivers that there will be closings and delays.

Police and township employees will be in the area to help direct traffic and ensure safe passage. Anyone with questions regarding this project, should contact Department of Public Works Superintendent Michael Orgera at 973-347-2500 x137 or email

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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