UNION COUNTY, NJ — The remaining resurfacing work scheduled to be done on county roadways this year may be postponed until next spring due to weather conditions.
“We might have to push anything left until the Spring of 2020,” said Director Joseph Graziano of the county’s engineering department, who updated the freeholders on the status of the 2019 Road Resurfacing Project on Thursday. Graziano said his department will meet with the contractor for the project on Monday to discuss the project further.
“Everything is temperature-based right now,” he added later. “And just looking at the temperature for the next couple of weeks, at nighttime you’re probably in the 30s, so you really can’t pave at that point anymore.”
The county’s website lists five road resurfacing projects that have yet to be completed at the following roadways:
- Mountain Avenue in Westfield
- Deer Path in Mountainside
- New Providence Road in Mountainside
- Mountain Avenue in Summit
- Constantine & Springfield Avenue in Summit
The website lists a sixth project, Elizabeth Avenue in Rahway and Linden, as postponed.
Graziano said one of the roadways, Deer Path, could be repaved during the daytime when temperatures are warmer.
“We might be able to get to one of the streets during the day: Deer Path up in Mountainside,” Graziano said. “It’s not really affected with any residents up in that area. We might be able to hit that one during the day, if the temperatures get to where they have to be.”
Despite the potential repaving delays, Graziano said the concrete work being done on roads throughout the county is still moving forward as scheduled. “Any of the concrete work that’s out there now, the handicap ramps and the sidewalks or whatever that has to be done, are currently being finished,” he said.
The county’s 2019 Road Resurfacing Project was scheduled to cover a total of 24 miles of roadway, compared with 19 miles in 2018, Graziano said.
Freeholder Christopher Hudak said the project provides necessary improvements throughout the county.
“We appreciate the work that everyone on the team is doing,” Hudak said. “It’s a very overlooked and valuable county service when you’re driving on very nice, smooth asphalt, without the burden of potholes and other issues.”