RANDOLPH, NJ- The 145 miles of roads that wind through Randolph are very important to all of us as we travel each day to work, to school and everywhere we need to go, so it’s critical that these roads are properly maintained. Overall, the road maintenance in Randolph is the result of the combined efforts of the State of New Jersey, Morris County and Randolph Township, with the vast majority of the responsibility falling on the Randolph municipal organization.
The State of New Jersey’s responsibility is limited to the 6 miles of Route 10 that run through Randolph. Another 20 miles of roads, including Sussex Turnpike, portions of Canfield Avenue, Millbrook Avenue, Center Grove Road, Schoolhouse Road and others, are county roads that are maintained by Morris County. The remaining 119 miles of roads in Randolph are the responsibility of Randolph Township. Maintaining all of these roads throughout the year is a high priority for the Randolph Council and township staff.
The summer months are a busy time for road resurfacing projects. In Randolph, the process for determining which roads are resurfaced is done in an objective and thoughtful manner. Each year, the Engineering and Public Works Departments conduct a thorough assessment of township roads. The roads are inspected, evaluated and ranked according to their need for repair. A cost for each road repair project is also estimated based on the length of the road, the cost of materials, labor costs, etc. As part of the annual budgeting process, the Township Council allocates overall funding for road improvements. The amount of funding allocated ultimately determines how many of the projects can be completed each year. The funding is allocated to the projects beginning with those most in need until the funding is exhausted.
In 2020, the Township Council allocated almost $1 million to fund 18 different road resurfacing projects covering a total of 4.15 miles. As in past years, if funds are available after the roads scheduled for resurfacing have been completed, additional roads could be added prior to the end of the year.
The projects are put out to bid and the majority of the work is completed during the summer months. Each year the roads are re-evaluated so that the ranking of roads needing repairs is updated based on current conditions. In the last several years, the Township Council has increased funding for road repair projects and has been paying for the projects on a cash basis, rather than incurring long-term debt.
For a list of roads scheduled to be resurfaced in Randolph in 2020, please consult the township website: https://www.randolphnj.org/news/2020_road_resurfacing_program
Also included in the 2020 road program are several projects that the township is completing in conjunction with New Jersey Natural Gas. These include streets where recent utility work projects led to portions of the road being disrupted. The gas company is working with the township to restore the roads in a partnership that allows us to stretch the funds allocated for road projects even further.
In 2020, Morris County has also provided funding to repair portions of two county roads located in Randolph. They include Quaker Church Road between Dover Chester Road and Reservoir Road and also the portion of Reservoir Avenue located between Quaker Church Road and Hawthorne Street.
While the 6 miles of State Route 10 that run through Randolph represent a small portion of the total miles of roads in the Township, those 6 miles account for perhaps the greatest traffic flow in Randolph. Township officials have been in discussions with representatives from the New Jersey State Department of Transportation to advocate for improvements to the Route 10 corridor intersections that fall within Randolph in order to ease congestion and improve traffic flow.
Thanks to a thorough assessment process, strong fiscal management and the outstanding work of many, Randolph has a well-maintained network of roads that benefits all of us.