ROXBURY, N.J. - Route 10 motorists in Succasunna should get ready for some detours during the weekend of Oct. 21 through Oct. 24 as the Morristown & Erie Railway repairs its rail crossing, said officials today.
“This is work that must be done for rail and motoring safety,’’ said Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro in a press release. “We are going to try to limit the inconvenience to motorists for the shortest period of time possible. On Route 10, we will avoid the normal work and school day commuting periods.’’
Roxbury officials asked that the project be finished all at once, over one weekend, “rather than stretch out the work, which would have caused motoring inconvenience over a longer period of time,” said the freeholder. This was confirmed by Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi.
“It was going to be closed for two weekends and we asked that they only close it for one,” the chief said. “We met yesterday for a final construction meeting on the site.”
Palanchi said the construction crew will not simultaneously close both directions of travel on the divided highway. He said work will begin on the eastbound side after 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 and he expects both sides will be finished before 6 a.m. on Oct. 24.
Eastbound traffic will be directed to Eyland Avenue, Righter Road, Park Avenue, Sussex Turnpike, Canfield Avenue and back to Route 10 while westbound traffic will be directed to Main Street, Eyland Avenue and back to Route 10, said the county.
Palanchi said the railway did “pretty much the same job” not long ago at its crossing farther west on Route 10. “Last time, it started at 8 p.m. on a Friday and they had it done by 3 p.m. on Sunday.
He said everything possible is being done to minimize impact to both motorists and businesses in the area. “The businesses will all be open and have access through detours,” said the chief. “They are even cutting a cut-through in the median at the area of 19 Route 10 so cars can cross the median and get through. We asked for a lot and they gave us everything.
The $416,000, federally funded project will entail a new concrete crossing replacing the existing asphalt crossing, active warning signals and devices and new striping, said the county. "Signal work includes two cantilever arms with LED automatic railroad flashing signals, wiring harnesses and relay box," said the county. This will be completed with surface work and is not a separate contract."
The work is being done by Railroad Construction Co. of Paterson.