ROXBURY, NJ – There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes activity involving Roxbury’s plan to complete the Main Street improvement project in Succasunna, but the project is unlikely to be finished until sometime in 2021, said a town official.

The work will entail completing the installation of antique-looking lights on the north side of Main Street as well as installing new sidewalks and curbs that go all the way to Black River Park. It will also include installing new curbing, sidewalks, brick pavers, driveway aprons, handicapped access ramps and decorative lighting on the south side of the street.

The road will be designated a bicycle route and bicycle lane markings will be painted on the pavement. They will be on Main Street between Black River Park to Commerce Boulevard and then on Commerce Boulevard to Route 46.

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The work is being funded with a $909,000 state grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), money channeled through the state from the federal government.

“Since it’s a Federal Highway Administration grant, there is a higher level of policy procedure required,” said Roxbury Township Engineer Michael Kobylarz. “I attended training. There were mandatory seminars.”

Roxbury applied for the grant in 2016 and it was awarded in 2017. The town will pay for the project and be reimbursed after it is completed, Kobylarz said.

He said he interviewed four firms - selected by the state as potential design engineers - and chose Greenman-Pedersen Inc. (GPI). “We met in field and reviewed scope of the work,” Kobylarz said. “That was in June. They went and prepared a detailed scope of design services and provided a design cost proposal. That is currently under review ... Once everybody agrees to a negotiated price, it gets submitted to the FHA for its approval.”

Kobylarz said he anticipates the design to be finished next year and construction to take place in 2021. The finished product will look similar to the work done on the north side of Main Street but the antique-looking new streetlights on the south side “might go between the sidewalk and the curb” instead of the inside of the sidewalk as was done on the north side, he said. 

“If the money is available, we might put some supplemental trees in there too,” Kobylarz added.

The so-called Main Street "Streetscaping" project was mentioned recently by Roxbury Councilman Mark Crowley when he expressed irritation about weeds that had grown across the sidewalk, blocking pedestrians attending Olde Suckasunny Day.

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