SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — From the South Orange Village website, here is the work plan for the next phase of road work along Scotland Road:


We are now finalizing the work section from Montrose Ave to Raymond Ave – transfers from temporary to the new main and to begin cleanup of this section.  Possible short term road closures in this section for PSEG tie-ins for new lighting (delayed due to the storm) may occur.  

At the intersection of Montrose Ave and Scotland Road installation of tie-in to main north of Montrose and electric conduit for new lighting at southern corners of Montrose Ave.

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Traffic reconfiguration is planned for Wednesday 8/12 — Scotland Road opening of the Montrose to Raymond section and closure from Raymond to South Orange Ave.  Follow the detour signs — see  for traffic plan overview.

Switch over to temporary service in this section will begin 8/12. Door Tag Notices will be provided 72 hours prior transfers.

On or about 8/17 the Installation of the new water main will begin in the section from Raymond Ave to South Orange Ave.

The projected completion of the installation of the water main is scheduled for Sept. 15. Allowing for a required settlement period the County will repave the roadway including the planned safety components.  During this period work will continue to finalize repair and restoration on impacted areas and installation of the new lighting.

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


Long awaited improvements to Scotland Road, a county road in South Orange, will begin in early May with the recent award of a contract to Colonnelli Brothers set to break ground in late May to replace the water main that runs the length of the roadway. The South Orange Water Utility and their consultant engineering firm, HDR, will oversee the project with help from New Jersey American Water, the operator of South Orange’s water system. Together they plan to replace the 120+ year old water main while adding 39 new LED gas lamp lookalike street lights and improved curbing. When this phase is complete in August, 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.

Detours and disruptions will be ongoing from May through Sept, 2020 so residents and travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and subscribe to the following information sources for regular updates:

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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