Morris County is embarking on a countywide upgrade to curve warning signs along county roads that are located within all of the county’s 39 municipalities to meet federal government standards.
The work is expected to begin in August and continue into December to upgrade a curve sign network that, in many cases, dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, and was installed by the state Department of Transportation.
Morris County has awarded a $297,953 contract to LC Equipment of Tuckahoe to remove 2,121 existing curve warning signs and install nearly 2,800 new signs and sign posts at 870 horizontal curves located on county roads.
The project is required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which has set a nationwide compliance date of Dec. 31, 2019 to meet new curve sign standards. The project will be funded by county tax dollars.
To prepare a plan for the sign upgrade, the county previously hired a consultant, Greenman-Pedersen (GPI).
The $176,997 contract required GPI’s team to drive all of the county’s roads to assess curves and determine appropriate advisory speed and sign placement in accordance with the new federal standards. The company will also oversee the sign removal and installation project and inventory the newly installed signs for the county.
Changes in roadway design and consideration of modern motor vehicles were key factors in the development of the new standards.