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.

Detours were not required in prior rail crossing improvement projects - including one that took place on the other Dover and Rockaway River crossing a half-mile east - because one lane of the highway was kept open during the work.

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 want to have this done by early Sunday morning," he added.

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