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Hansom Road/Watchung Drive Roadwork To Cause Some Delays, Closures, Detours [Update]

Equipment used by the Bernards Township public works department for road repairs. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Township officials are expecting to soon hold a preconstruction meeting with AJM Contractors of Clifton, hired on Tuesday, to discuss a major road project to repave and upgrade Hansom Road and Watchung Drive in The Hills this summer.

The goal is to finish the $545,497 project before school reopens in September and students return to Mount Prospect Elementary School at 11 Hansom Road, said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. 

[Updated] There will be intermittent delays, and some inconveniences during most of the duration of the work," Monaco added in an email on Thursday.

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Some road closures and detours expected during paving

During days when milling and paving is taking place, there will be some closures and detours during the actual paving, Monaco said. The project is not scheduled for nighttime work, he said in response to a question. 

The Township Committee voted at its meeting this week to award the contract to AJM Contractors. The state already has awarded Bernards a $225,000 roadwork grant to pay for part of the job, and the township will pick up the remainder of the cost, Monaco said.

The money for the township's contribution already has been set aside in the budget, and no borrowing of funds is required, Monaco said.

The project will involve milling and repaving the road surfaces, as well as repairing some sidewalks and curbing, he said. Ramps allowing wheelchair access will be brought up to current standards, Monaco said.

Monaco said the work is due to be started, and completed, this summer in order to avoid construction while school is in session.

First day of school set for Sept. 6

Mount Prospect School serves students in The Hills development in Bernards Township. The township school district is due to reopen for students on Thursday, Sept. 6 as the first day of the 2018-19 school year, according to the Bernards Township school website.


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