The Morris County Board of Freeholders yesterday unveiled an aggressive 2020 infrastructure action plan for the county, which includes nearly 40-miles of road paving and upgrades, and 17 county bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects in more than two dozen Morris County towns.
The freeholders, in the county’s capital budget, are allocating $23 million for roads, bridges, railroads, and environmental cleanups, including 32.6 miles of resurfacing on county roads in 17 municipalities.
An additional eight miles of road work is scheduled this spring and summer as leftover projects from the 2019 paving season.
“Keeping our county road network in excellent shape is of great importance to county residents and businesses, and helps ensuring that Morris County’s place as a first-class, top-rated county,” said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith.
“Maintaining and improving our road network is a priority. Our infrastructure is important to our residents and the business community, and ensures that Morris County continues to lead the region as an economic engine and hub for jobs,’’ said Freeholder Stephen M. Shaw, the freeholder board’s liaison to public works projects. “Continually investing in county roads and bridges has made Morris County THE Infrastructure County in New Jersey,” Shaw added.
County Engineer Chris Vitz and Meghan Paccione, a senior engineer for bridge projects, yesterday briefed the freeholders on this year’s projects.
Portions of county roads scheduled for paving this year are located in Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Long Hill, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Mount Arlington, Netcong, Parsippany, Randolph, Rockaway Township, and Roxbury.