MONTVILLE, NJ – As residents have struggled to navigate Montville with detour after detour due to gas company work, that company will be re-paving two roads in the spring, according to a release from Morris County.

New Jersey Natural Gas Co. was installing new, larger gas mains in Montville that run under portions of Changebridge Road and Route 202/Main Road. The digging has resulted in uneven road surfaces.

In the spring of 2020, once the disturbed sections of those roads fully settle, the utility will repave those county government-owned roads at the company’s expense.

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The utility is also obligated to maintain the trench created by its project and ensure that any major depressions are temporarily repaired until the permanent resurfacing is done.

“We intend to ensure that those roads, which were upgraded by the county a few years ago, are returned to perfect shape by the utility that caused this problem,” said Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo.

The natural gas project was required to enhance natural gas delivery for customers within the township, replacing old steel gas mains with new, larger-diameter plastic mains and service connections, according to the county's release.

County government attempts to work with utility companies to coordinate the installation of infrastructure upgrades that impact county roads. There is a three-year moratorium on allowing utilities to open county roads for projects once they have been repaved, except for emergencies.

New Jersey Natural Gas met that requirement in the case of these Montville road openings.  

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