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Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Targeted For Improvement – Expect Delays!

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Phase two of Morris County’s aggressive 2017 road resurfacing program is set to start next week with a 2.8-mile paving project on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson, and a host of projects to follow countywide over the next three months.

  • Berkshire Valley Road, Jefferson: The 2.8-mile project will run from Blue Road to near Manor Drive. Topline Construction of Somerville will be contractor. The bid price is $708,167. The project includes storm basin work, ADA ramps, milling, paving, and striping. The contractor has 20 working days (in good weather) to complete the work. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Police will assist with traffic control. Motorists should expect travel delays.

Overall, the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ aggressive county road resurfacing effort has targeted upgrades to some 32 miles of county roads across 15 municipalities at a total cost of about $9 million in 2017.

The 2017 county paving program is a continuation of the Freeholder Board’s priority policy over the past several years of maintaining the county’s high-quality road network.

“We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our county road network, which is vital to our residents and businesses,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro. “A first-rate road network is a key factor in helping to maintain the high quality of life for our county residents.’’

Efforts have been made to coordinate contractors’ schedules and road work with municipalities, school districts, and utilities.

We are working with our contractors to schedule the road work to cause minimum inconvenience possible, but there are going to be times when we just have to ask our residents to be patient and seek alternate routes during the work,’’ Cesaro added.bicycling road sign

Upcoming road closures and detours will be properly signed and coordinated with the local police departments for all of the projects. Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes during this construction period.

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.

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