ROXBURY, NJ – Motorists who suffered the bouncing and banging that came with driving Pleasant Hill Road from Chester into Succasunna likely muttered harsh words and asked - as they gripped their steering wheels - “When are they going to fix this?”
The answer, though little consolation to beaten suspension parts, is “now.”
Roxbury Township Department of Public Works (DPW) crews this week ground away the road’s weather-beaten surface and will begin tomorrow laying a new coat of asphalt, said DPW Director Richard Blood.
The crews are not stopping there. New surfaces are also being installed on several township streets in the area: Golf Course Road, Golf Lane, Putters Road, Brent Place, Center Lane, Avon Terrace and a portion of Troy Drive, Blood said.
He said about 2.2 miles of roadway in that section of town is being resurfaced and crews are also installing new curbs in some sections.
The milling and paving work in the area is costing about $531,000. Roxbury taxpayers are paying about $123,000 of that. The rest is being funded by New Jersey Natural Gas, according to Blood.
“The work is being done in conjunction with New Jersey Natural Gas,” he explained. “When they put in new gas lines, they pay for the asphalt for the entire road and we pay for the milling. This reduces our cost by about 70 percent.”
That policy – to pay for new asphalt on both sides of a road in which it installs new gas lines – is new for the gas company, Blood said. He said the company formerly just paid to pave the side of the road it disturbed during a pipeline installation.
That was the case along North Hillside Avenue, according to Blood. Only the northbound lane got new asphalt recently after gas line work.
The good news for drivers of that thoroughfare: The DPW is milling and paving the other lane and the plan is to extend the effort to include both lanes through the road’s currently rough intersection with Main Street in Succasunna, Blood said.
He acknowledged there are many other township roads that need fixing. The DPW budget can only go so far each year, but Blood plans to send crews to some of Roxbury’s particularly bad spots before year’s end.
“There are some short sections that need to be milled and paved, a bunch of locations varying in length from from 100 feet to 600 feet,” he said. Those sections include areas on Eyland Avenue, Reger Road, Righter Road and Carey Road, according to Blood.