Summer Brings Repairs for Sparta Township's Roads

Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta roads are scheduled to be resurfaced in the upcoming weeks Township Manager Bill Close announced at the August 8 Sparta Township Council meeting.  The work began the next day, Thursday, by contractor Tilcon on West Mountain Road.  

The township budget included nearly $750,000 for road improvements.

Two contracts were awarded at the Wednesday meeting dealing with the township’s roads.  One through the New Jersey State Cooperative Purchasing not to exceed $500,000 for microsurfacing and a second contract for “improvements to various municipal roadways,” as part of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council for $265,429. 

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According to the resolution, roads to be microsurfaced, include but are not limited to:

  • Bridle Way,
  • Cambridge Drive,
  • Carriage Lane
  • Circle Terrace,
  • Conestoga Trail – St. Mary’s to Sawmill
  • Deirde Drive,
  • Doe Run,
  • Elora Lane,
  • Fox Hollow Road,
  • Fox Ridge Road,
  • Frizzell Terrace,
  • Heritage Drive,
  • Hidden Glen Drive,
  • McKenzie Court,
  • Phesant Walk,
  • Prides Crossing – Deire to Lambert
  • Saddleback Court,
  • Valley Road,
  • Wagon Wheel Road,
  • Waters Edge

The roads to be resurfaced will be

  • Conestoga Trail – Hunters Lane to St. Mary’s Terrace
  • West Mountain Road – Route 94 to Dahn Drive
  • Tall Oaks

Microsurfacing is a thin, tough layer put down over existing asphalt pavement as a cost-effective way to renew road surfaces and seal minor cracks.  It uses a mixture of small crushed rock or aggregate, chemical and polymer additives, water and asphalt. It cools quickly allowing the road to be drivable shortly after being resurfaced, according to industry publications.

Close said Sparta Township encompasses nearly forty square miles and has more than 100 miles of municipal roads. 

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