ROXBURY, NJ – Non-local traffic on Route 46 through Kenvil will be forced to take a 5-mile-long detour on an upcoming weekend as contractors improve a deteriorated railroad crossing, according to officials.

The detour will ban all but local traffic (motorists not needing to traverse the rail crossing) between Howard Boulevard in Ledgewood and Canfield Avenue in Mine Hill between 6 p.m. April 5 and 6 a.m. April 7.

Through traffic during that period will be diverted to Route 10 - adding about three miles to the trip.

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The detour was designed to allow a contractor to improve the Dover and Rockaway River Railroad’s Route 46 crossing in Kenvil situated between Kenvil Avenue and Hillside Avenue near Blue Ridge Lumber.

Smoothing the Bump

“The rail crossing … has deteriorated and has uneven pavement,” said the county, which owns the tracks and leases them to the railroad. “The work will consist of installing OMNI TraCast concrete panels at the site and repaving the approach roadway to the rail crossing.”

The $144,460 job is being performed under contract by Tracks Unlimited LLC of Mountainside. Funding is coming from the county and the state Department of Transportation, said the county.

It said the work requiring the detour will be done before Monday, April 8, but “additional signal work is scheduled … with minimal traffic disruption” will take place that day.

The county is closing both lanes of Route 46 for the upcoming work "to get the work done expeditiously and keep the disruption to just one day," said Morris County spokesman Larry Ragonese. They goal is to have the job done by early Sunday morning, he added.

The highway was similarly closed several years ago when repairs were made to the other county-owned rail crossing about a half-mile to the east, he said.

"When the Route 46 concrete panels were placed a few years ago, the roadway was totally closed," Ragonese said. "The panels could not be installed half-lane at a time as the elevation (grades) need to tie together for the entire crossing to effectively make it all work together as one unit. Last year, we did a repair that was a rubber strip re-installation. We were able to keep open one lane as only half of the track rubber needed to be replaced."

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