ROXBURY, N.J. - Friday afternoon motorists on Route 10 got a taste of things to come this weekend as railroad signal installation in Succasunna forced temporary delays on the highway.
Traffic was halted while crews from Railroad Construction Co. Hoisted the new overhead signals above the road. But the inconvenience to drivers caused by that work stands to be minor compared to the issues they might encounter between Friday evening and Monday morning.
During that timeframe, the crews will be installing new tracks across the 4-lane highway for Morristown & Erie Railway, work that will require road closures and detours. The closures are scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Friday and end before 6 a.m. Monday.
"It Initially started as 2-weekend closure, Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi told the township Mayor and Council this week. He said he urged the railroad to instead just get it done and overwith in one weekend.
"Our feeling is if they do it the first weekend, all that does is kind of alert people to complain about before the second weekend," Palanchi said. He said the railroad "pretty much agreed to everything we asked for," and he noted the crossing improvement can't be avoided. "They were going to do this no matter what," said the chief. "It has to be done."
Accommodations, such as allowing traffic to cross the grass median, will be made to reduced the impact on local businesses, said Palanchi. He said there will be several Roxbury police officers directing traffic to detours, their wages covered by the railroad.