WHARTON BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris County Freeholders joined with Wharton officials and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn Friday for a groundbreaking to kick-off the long-awaited North Main Street extension project.
The $1.7 million project, commonly known as the Wharton bypass, should provide a remedy for a difficult downtown intersection, making it much easier for larger trucks to maneuver in that area.
It will connect North Main Street, near 175 North Main Street, where a severe turn exists in the road, to a point on West Dewey Avenue just east of a residential district.
“We are very excited to be here today to start this long-awaited project, one that should make a real difference in driving here in Wharton, especially for big trucks that have long struggled to traverse this section of the borough,’’ Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw said.
“It is with great cooperation with the county of Morris and the town of Wharton that we start work on this new road, which truly signals the progress of redevelopment that we have embarked upon over the past several years,’’ said Wharton Mayor Bill Chegwidden. “This would not have been possible without the forward-thinking of the Morris County Freeholders.
The signalized intersection at North Main Street and Dewey Avenue has long been problematic in terms of the delays experienced by motorists due to large volumes of traffic at this intersection.
The intersection of North Main Street and Dewey Avenue serves the majority of vehicles entering and exiting the borough via the nearby highway network. It also facilitates movements for north/south and east/west traffic destined for adjoining municipalities.
The bypass road adjoins the west side of the former Air Products and LE Carpenter industrial sites, which should increase their attractiveness for redevelopment. It also is relatively close to the Interstate 80 interchange.
The Wharton bypass work will dovetail into a New Jersey Department of Transportation project to add missing ramps to Route 80 and Route 15 to make it a full interchange. That project is in the NJDOT design phase.