ROXBURY, NJ – In what might be bad news for businesses selling shock absorbers, hub caps, tie-rod ends and muffler hangers, the township is almost ready to fix the pothole strewn ramps connecting Shippenport Road to Landing Road.
The Roxbury Mayor and Council, on Tuesday, introduced an ordinance that would appropriate $105,000 for the so-called “Shippenport Road Ramps Preservation Project.” That money, to come from a state grant, will be combined with about $40,000 in township funds for the pavement repair, officials said.
“The real question is: Since my shock absorbers are taking a beating, when is this going to be done,” asked Landing resident Ralph Nappi at the council meeting.
Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd assured Nappi that his vehicle’s suspension components need only endure the Shippenport Road ramp abuse for a few more months. He said the resurfacing will be done “this construction season, unless some very strange thing happens.”
Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak expressed relief that the long-sought improvement to the moonscape-like pavement is close to finally taking place. “I can’t wait,” he said.
On another front, motorists tired of avoiding depressed manhole covers and other issues on South Hillside Avenue in Succasunna will also soon find relief. The road – owned by Morris County – is scheduled for resurfacing next week.
“The 2.6-mile project will run from Eyland Avenue to Route 10,” said the county on Wednesday. It said the $534,147 project, scheduled to start Aug. 14, includes storm basin work, milling, paving and striping.”
That’s the good news. The bad news is the job will cause delays on the popular road for about 20 days, said the county. It said the work will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes during this construction period,” the county said.