BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The repaving of Douglas Road was a road project about which the towns of Far Hills and Bernards Township debated for years, and even once the two municipalities applied for and received a state grant to fund, was delayed in 2016 when Gov. Chris Christie put a strangehold on state transportation funds in order to push through a 23-cents gas tax.
Douglas Road to reopen after two-day repaving job
But when all was said and done, the project, which began on Wednesday, July 5, was due to be finished enough to reopen at the end of Thursday, July 6, said Bernards Township Engineer Tom Timko.
Bernards Township handled the administration and engineering for the project, which was estimated to cost about $280,000, and was primarily funded by a $223,500 state grant. When applying for the grant, Bernards and Far Hills had agreed to split the remaining costs not covered by the grant amount.
Douglas Road had been closed to through traffic and during the milling prior to the road's repaving this week between its intersections with Allen Road and Liberty Corner Road.
Paving on Annin Road due to be completed on Friday or next Monday
Paving on Annin Road had been delayed to allow for the completion of sidewalk, curb and stormwater inlet repairs, but - weather permitting - paving will be completed Friday, July 7, the township announced on Thursday.
With some showers predicted, a rain date of Monday, July 10, has set. The road will be closed and access restricted, the township said.
A tar-like coating will be applied before paving can begin, which can damage cars, according to the township. Residents are asked to make alternate parking arrangements and to avoid driving on the street. All restoration will be completed after paving, the township said.