Morris Freeholders Announce Aggressive Road Paving Schedule

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has announced the 2017 list of county road paving projects that will target nearly 33 miles across 15 municipalities at a total cost of $9 million, in a continuation of the board’s continuing policy of maintaining and improving the county’s high

quality road network.

For 2017, the freeholders have allocated $5.1 million in the county’s capital budget for paving, combined with nearly $3.9 million in anticipated state funding to finance paving projects.

The county also is advancing projects for roads not paved, as expected, in 2016 due to delays caused by a state government stalemate over financing of the State Transportation Trust Fund. 

“We are very aware of the importance of properly maintaining our county road network in a first-rate county like Morris County,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the county governing board’s liaison on public works and roads.

“It is a key factor in maintaining the high quality of life for our residents, visitors, medical and educational institutions, and businesses,’’ Cesaro added.

Some portions of county roads scheduled for paving in 2017 are located in  Chatham Township,  Hanover, Lincoln Park, Montville, Pequannock, Morristown, Morris Township, Morristown, Randolph, Roxbury, and  Washington Township. This effort is in addition to any local or state road-improvement projects.

Some of the more extensive work will include portions of Whippany Road in Hanover, Eyland Avenue in Roxbury, Meyersville Road in Chatham Township, and Jacksonville Road in Montville, Pequannock and Lincoln Park.

“We want to assure county residents that the freeholder board is committed to this effort. To allow our roads to fall into disrepair would not be acceptable,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. 

“We will make every effort to notify motorists in advance of upcoming road projects, to make sure required police presence and/or detours are in place, and that we cause the least disruption possible.’’

To see the complete list of currently scheduled 2017 county paving projects, visit: https://transportation.morriscountynj.gov/2017-paving/

The Freeholders over the past four years have made the maintenance of the county’s 287-mile road network a priority issue, even committing county capital funds to paving last year despite a possibility that the Transportation Trust Fund stalemate might not yield state funds.

In addition, to expedite projects, the freeholders for the past few years have approved short-term financing to allow the county to bid projects early in the season and move full-speed-ahead during the spring and summer on a full slate of road repaving.

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