ROXBURY, NJ - Almost a mile of potholed and patched Emmans Road in Ledgewood will be repaved soon, thanks to funding appropriated May 21 by the Roxbury Mayor and Council.

"This should draw cheers," said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo in reading the capital ordinance that allocated $235,000 for the project. The total cost of the work will be about $260,000 with the state Department of Transportation funding $220,000 and the township's capital improvement fund covering the balance.

The plan calls for milling and repaving 4,775 feet of the road between Whisper Way and Sandra Court, said Roxbury Public Works Director Richard Blood. He noted that "the wooded stretch" of the road, about 2,400 feet long, "will be totally reconstructed to a depth of six inches."

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Blood said it's been 15 years since the road received its last paving "overlay." Although most of its worst potholes and ruts are patched, the road remains a bumpy affair.

Blood said the work will begin "as soon as school lets out," probably on or about June 25. "The road may be closed during the day while the wooded stretch is reconstructed," Blood noted. "Prior to the start of the milling and paving the road department will be replacing and installing new drainage in the wooded section."

DeFillippo, in casting his vote for the funding, said he did so "with great enthusiasm."

The township government has fielded a lot of criticism about the condition of Emmans Road and other municipal thoroughfares, but it asserts it is doing its best - without raising taxes - to repair them and will spend nearly $1.3 million on roads this year.

"This roadway will be greatly improved by this project," said Blood.

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