HACKENSACK, NJ – As of November 2019, the County of Bergen has installed nearly 87,000 tons of asphalt this year – more than any previous year— as part of its 2019 Road Resurfacing Initiative and continuing commitment to maintaining the County’s infrastructure.
The County received over $12 million dollars in New Jersey Department of Transportation grant funding, its largest award to date, which funded the cost of the largest road resurfacing initiative in County history.
Currently under the 2019 Road Resurfacing Initiative, 27.5 miles of County roads have been repaved. Each year, the County performs this work on a rotating basis to the County’s 452 miles of County roads, ensuring roads are maintained regularly while minimizing the impact on taxpayers. Roads are milled to the base layer, manholes and storm drains are reset, new asphalt is poured, and the roads are restriped. The County works closely with local municipalities to coordinate road resurfacing with sidewalk improvements and ADA curb cuts, and local police to limit traffic impacts on residents.
This year, the County was able to complete more than 35 projects completed in 23 Bergen County municipalities, including:
Morlot Avenue in Fair Lawn, from the Passaic River to Saddle River Road along Thomas Jefferson Middle School;
The entirety of Kinderkamack Road through Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake;
Teaneck Road from Route 4 to the Teaneck Armory and River Road from Cedar Lane to Route 4, in the Township of Teaneck;
More than 3 total miles of the Franklin Turnpike in the Boroughs of Ho-Ho-Kus and Ramsey; and
More than 3 miles of County Roads in Ridgefield including Edgewater Road, Hendricks Causeway, Schaler Boulevard, and Maple Avenue.
“Investing in our County public infrastructure is one of my top priorities,” said County Executive Jim Tedesco. “Maintaining and improving our County roads and bridges is vital to our economy and quality of life by keeping our residents safe on the road, improving traffic flow, and helping local business. We will continue to work with local municipalities to improve the County’s roads, bridges, culverts, and drainage system that benefit all of our residents.”
“By resurfacing and maintaining our county roads a portion every year we’re keeping on top of the small issues as they arise, and ultimately benefiting by avoiding the larger problems that occur from letting the roads deteriorate,” said Freeholder Thomas J. Sullivan. “Well-maintained roads are not a luxury, but rather a necessity and that’s why I’m so pleased the county is being pro-active and aggressive in getting the job done right.”
Weather permitting, the County expects to schedule additional resurfacing projects this year, completing roughly 30 miles of road resurfacing.