ROXBURY, NJ – One of the more bone-jarring, tooth-rattling and generally irritating sections of county-owned roadway in Roxbury – West Dewey Avenue – is finally getting fixed, according Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.
Although a formal announcement has yet to be made, Morris County definitely plans to resurface the tattered pavement this year, Shepherd said Tuesday.
The section of West Dewey Avenue in Roxbury stretches about three quarters of a mile between Berkshire Valley Road and the Wharton border. Shepherd said the county is going to pave right on down Berkshire Valley Road all the way to Route 46 in Kenvil.
“There was an inquiry related to paving of West Dewey,” the manager told the Roxbury Mayor and Council at a meeting this week. He was referring to a question about the road posed recently by Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht, who cited the roughness of the road and urged Shepherd to ask the county about it.
“I did receive information back from Chris Vitz, the county engineer,” Shepherd said. “In 2020 the county does plan to pave Berkshire Valley and West Dewey.”
Asked today to confirm Shepherd’s report, Morris County Spokesman Larry Ragonese was cautious. He said the county has a “preliminary list” of county roads earmarked for resurfacing this year, but is not prepared to officially announce which will make the cut.
“The county is currently finalizing and fine-tuning its project list and will publicly announce projects for 2020 in the near future,” Ragonese said. Nevertheless, Shepherd sounded confident, based on his conversation with Vitz.
“His information showed it was about 2.8 miles of paving, from Route 46 all the way to Wharton,” said the manager. “So that’s great news for us … If that road gets paved - in addition to everything we have planned - that’s really good news for us. That will get the county’s roads in Roxbury in really good condition.”
Earlier this month, Roxbury Public Works Director Rick Blood said the township wants to pave about 8.5 miles of township roads before year’s end, a record amount of resurfacing that will cost almost $2.1 million. About $600,000 of that cost will come from grants, he noted.
Additionally, the state plans to resurface about a mile of Route 46 west of the intersection with Route 10, Blood said.
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