ROXBURY, NJ – About 4.5 miles of county roads in or partially within Roxbury will get facelifts this year under Morris County’s 2019 road resurfacing program, county officials said today.

The first piece to be tackled will be a 1.3-mile stretch of Mount Arlington Boulevard between Landing Road and Laurie Road. It's a section that was supposed to be resurfaced in 2017 but was postponed, said county spokesman Larry Ragonese.

The county will spend about $272, 400 on that project, expected to begin next month. Ragonese said it will involve milling, paving, striping and new guiderail.

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The job will be done by J.A. Alexander, Inc., a Bloomfield contractor, and work will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Drainage and pedestrian ramp work is set to begin,” said the county, noting that the contractors will close one lane at a time during the project to accommodate traffic.

Another 1.3-mile stretch of Mount Arlington Boulevard - running between Laurie Road and the township border with Mount Arlington - is expected to be repaved later in the summer, Ragonese said. The county has yet to put this project out for bid, he said.

A chunk of county road, partially in Roxbury, slated for repaving this year spans three-quarters of a mile of West Dewey Avenue between 97 East Dewey Ave. and Berkshire Valley Road, said the county. The section lies in Jefferson, Wharton and Roxbury.

Finally, the county plans to resurface 1.2 miles of Landing Road between Route 80 and Mount Arlington Boulevard, according to the plans.

Hoping for Quickness from Trenton

The 2019 resurfacing effort will cover more than two dozen county roads in 23 municipalities totaling more than 25 miles, said the county. The list includes 2.2 miles of Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington

Ragonese said some paving projects that were supposed to be done last year got postponed due to delays in funding from the state. “We are moving on these things a bit quicker this year,” he commented. “The Board of Freeholders at its last meeting appropriated a million-plus to get the preliminary work going on all these projects. We want to move these quicker and they hope state has its act in gear so they can.”

“Keeping our county road network in excellent shape is of key importance to our residents and businesses, and to ensuring Morris County’s place as a first class, top-rated county,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana in the statement.

Action All Over the County

Other towns expected to see county road improvement projects include Boonton Township, Chatham Borough, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Dover, Florham Park, Hanover, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Mendham Borough, Mine Hill, Morristown, Morris Township, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Township, Washington Township and Wharton.

Some of the largest projects include a 4.4-mile stretch of North Road/Dover Chester Road in Chester Township and Randolph, 2.4 miles of Bernardsville Road/Hilltop Road in Mendham Borough, 2.2 miles of Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington and Jefferson, 2 miles of Boonton Turnpike in Lincoln Park and a 1.7-mile segment of Littleton Road in Parsippany.

To see the complete list of scheduled 2019 county paving projects, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-Road-Projects.pdf

The county work is in addition to local and state road-improvement projects, noted the county.

“Road closures and detours will be signed and coordinated with the local police,” it said. “Motorists should expect delays. Bicyclists are urged to seek other routes.”