SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The comprehensive renovation along Scotland Road continues to reroute traffic while the construction addresses water main, street lighting, paving, and traffic safety improvements.

The South Orange Village website offers the following guidance: 

Detours and disruptions will be ongoing through September, so residents and travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and subscribe to the following information sources for regular updates.

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  • Traffic Rerouting Plans:
    For the current phase ending mid-July Scotland Road will be closed from south of Montrose Ave. to Ralston daily at 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    • South bound traffic should turn right at Montrose Ave., proceed one block turning left onto Vose Ave., then left onto Ralston Ave. for one block, and then continue on Scotland Road.
    • North bound traffic should make a left turn on Ralston Ave., proceed one block turning right onto Vose Ave. and then to Montrose Ave to continue North.
  • Short term work (installation of valves) at the following intersections is planned from 7/21-7/24: Ralston, Turrell, Connett, Comstock, and Taylor Place.

    Detours and disruptions will be ongoing in this section from late July through August with work being done on the road in sections. Residents of Scotland Road in this section will receive door-hanger tags to alert them 2-3 days in advance of impacts affecting their residences. Residents are encouraged to note the following:

  • Traffic Plan for Phase III projected to begin on or about mid-July  can be found at:

Contact Howard Levison, SOWU Administrator with questions at (973) 378-7715 x7760 or (973) 432-4664 or

The South Orange Water Utility contractors will post hang tags on doors 72 hours prior to when homes will be directly affected. The timetable for the Essex County paving portion of the project is still not set but the South Orange website and social media will be updated with it when the county releases the information. 

Once the 120+ year old water main is replaced and 39 new LED gas lamp lookalike street lights are added, along with improved curbing, Essex County will take over the remainder of the project that will include repaving of the road, grooved pavement on center lines and curve shoulders, re-centered lanes, shoulder striping, and crosswalk striping, ADA accessible intersections, ramps, and crosswalks, signage, and a raised intersection (speed table) at Raymond Avenue to help slow traffic.

As a finishing touch South Orange will plant up to 50 street trees along the route to further improve the aesthetics of one of its busiest corridors.

Sign up on for “Water Utility” alerts using the Village’s “Alerts & Notifications” text and email service (click on link at right hand side bar of home page).


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