ROXBURY, NJ - Enter "Roxbury, NJ" into Google Maps and you can see location of Succasunna, Ledgewood and Landing. You'll even learn there's supposedly a place in Roxbury called "South Netcong."
Sadly, Kenvil, Port Morris or Lower Berkshire Valley don't show up, but at least you can now get a sense where these Roxbury communities begin and end by getting off the computer and going out on the road.
The township recently completed a project that was about a year in the making: The erection of signs, on major roads, informing travelers about their entry and exit from some of Roxbury's neighborhoods.
The signs are an effort to solidify Roxbury's image. Township officials are frustrated that some people don't realize Succasunna, Ledgewood, Landing, Kenvil, Port Morris and Lower Berkshire Valley are parts of Roxbury and not individual municipalities.
The signs, made by Custom Sign Source of Ledgewood, point out that each place is "A Roxbury Community." They also say "Roxbury Township."
The installation of the signs on the Landing/Port Morris "border" were the most troublesome for Roxbury officials. Their placement on the abutments of a railroad overpass owned by NJ Transit was initially blocked by NJ Transit, which said it has a policy against such signs being installed on its structures.
But Roxbury Township Manager Christopher Raths kept pushing and, after many months of negotiation, the transit agency reneged. Roxbury did not face similar opposition from the Morristown & Erie Railway, where workers this week bolted "Welcome to Kenvil" and "Welcome to Lower Berkshire Valley" signs on a rail bridge crossing Berkshire Valley Road.