MORRIS COUNTY SET TO START 2019 COUNTY ROAD PAVING THIS WEEK
Powerville Road in Boonton Twp. and James Street in Morris Twp. Set to Go
Morris County’s 2019 county road resurfacing projects are set to begin this week, weather permitting, starting with the paving of sections of Powerville Road in Boonton Township and James Street in Morris and Harding townships.
Also pending is paving on already approved and contracted projects on Boonton Turnpike in Lincoln Park, a segment of Littleton Road in Parsippany, and a half-mile of Mt. Arlington Blvd. in Roxbury.
In addition, the Board of Freeholders, at their last meeting, passed resolutions to allocate funds to pave portions of the following roads (starting the bid and contract process):
- Long Hill: New Vernon Road
- Long Hill: Division Avenue
- Mendham Borough: Bernardsville Road and Hilltop Road
- Mount Olive: Drakesdale Road
“Keeping our county road network in excellent shape is of key importance to our residents and businesses, and to ensuring Morris County’s place as a first class, top-rated county,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
“We want to be ready to move as quickly as possible to bid and award these contracts,’’ added Freeholder Stephen Shaw, who is the county governing board’s liaison on roads and bridges.
The county’s 2019 resurfacing effort will cover more than two-dozen county roads in 23 towns, totaling more than 25 miles of paving.
Portions of county roads scheduled for paving this year are located in Boonton Township, Chatham Borough, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Dover, Florham Park, Hanover, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Mendham Borough, Mine Hill, Morristown, Morris Township, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, Washington Township, and Wharton.
Some of the largest projects include a 4.4-mile stretch of North Road/Dover Chester Road in Chester Township and Randolph, 2.4 miles of Bernardsville Road/Hilltop Road in Mendham Borough, 2.2 miles of Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington and Jefferson, 2 miles of Boonton Turnpike in Lincoln Park, and a 1.7-mile segment of Littleton Road in Parsippany.
Bids are expected to go out soon on four other anticipated projects:
- Randolph and Chester Twps.: North Road
- Pequannock: The Boulevard
- Wharton: North Main Street
- Wharton: East and West Dewey Avenues
To see the complete list of scheduled 2019 county paving projects, visit:
The county work is in addition to local and state road-improvement projects.
Road closures and detours will be signed and coordinated with the local police. Motorists should expect delays. Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes.
Current and Upcoming Projects
- Boonton Twp., Powerville Road: The 1.2-mile project runs from Valley Road to Rockaway Valley Road. Top Line Construction of Somerville is the contractor, with a bid price of $503,322. The project includes milling, paving, striping, and guiderails. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. One lane of traffic will be kept open at all time during the project. Paving likely will start on Tuesday.
- Morris and Harding townships, James Street: A 0.6-mile project from Harter Road to Southgate Parkway. The contract has been awarded to Schifano Construction, with a bid price of$283,186. The project includes milling, paving and striping. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alternating traffic is likely during construction. Paving should start by at least late next week.
- Roxbury, Mt. Arlington Blvd: The half-mile project runs from Landing Road to Laurie Road. J.A. Alexander Inc. of Bloomfield is the contractor, with a bid price of $272,423. The project includes guiderail, milling, paving and striping work. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alternating traffic is likely. Drainage and pedestrian ramp work is done. A utilities issues, involving Verizon, is delaying paving.
- Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park: The 2.1-mile project runs from Main Street to the Wayne border. Schifano Construction of Middlesex is the contractor, with a bid price is $1.3 million. The project includes ADA ramps, guiderails, milling, paving and striping. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Main Street to McDonald’s, and from the county bridge north 1,000 feet; and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. elsewhere. Alternating traffic will be required. Prepping work is being completed, and paving should start soon.
- Parsippany, Littleton Road: 0.6 mile-project from Parsippany Blvd. to Route 46. Contract has been awarded to AJM Contractors, with a bid price of $323,746. The project includes milling, paving, striping, and ADA ramps. Tentative work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alternating traffic flows will be used – no detours are planned. The project on this heavily traveled section of road is set to begin.