ROXBURY, NJ – More than a mile of Eyland Avenue in Succasunna, a rough section that tried both vehicle suspension and driver patience, will be almost as smooth as glass by the end of next week.
Milling of the cracked and pothole-strewn section of the thoroughfare - 5,375 feet of it between Makin Lane and the easterly lane of Morningside Drive - began today. New pavement is scheduled to be applied on Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, said Roxbury Department of Public Works Director Rick Blood.
The $400,000 project is funded by a grant from the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
“The DOT makes funding available to municipalities to supplement their road paving budgets,” Blood said. “They choose roads that meet certain criteria in terms of volume. We typically do through-streets that meet their criteria. We typically get a grant every year.”
Blood said it’s been about 16 years since the section in question was last paved. This year’s work is being done by Rockborn Trucking and Excavation of Wharton, he said.
Roxbury has been fixing Eyland Avenue in sections. The next part to receive attention, probably next year, will be between Morningside Drive and Mapledale Avenue, Blood said.
Meanwhile, new pavement is also being applied to some roads in Kenvil that were opened by New Jersey Natural Gas to install gas mains.
“Yesterday, we milled North First Avenue and North Second Avenue,” Blood said. “On Friday, we’ll be milling some of Dell Avenue and Railroad Avenue leading into County Concrete Corp. On Saturday, we’re going to pave as much of that as we can.”
The gas company pays for paving roads it opens for gas main installation, although the township funds the milling.
The current road work will cap a year where an unusually high number of Roxbury roads got facelifts. “We probably paved almost 9.5 miles this year, which is almost triple our usual amount,” Blood said.