The much-anticipated Middle Valley Road Bridge replacement project, originally , won’t start until mid-August at the earliest, according to the Morris County Department of Engineering.
“We’re experiencing significant utility delays,” said one of Morris County’s engineers, Roslyn Khurdan. “Specifically, we’re waiting for Jersey Central Power & Light.”
The utility lines spanning the bridge and surrounding areas need to be moved elsewhere before construction can begin so they are not in the way of workers trying to complete the project.
Damaging storms in southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland earlier this summer required local crews to leave the area and assist in those states, Khurdan said, which bumped back the utility work here.
“As of Tuesday (July 17), JCP&L said it would be another three weeks or so until they could finish their part,” Khurdan said. “If that’s on target we’ll be able to start in mid-August.”
Currently fiber optic company Century Link is doing its part in the area to replace its utility lines, Khurdan said.
Prior to the July start date, an April or May, then June start date was originally considered. The length of the project is expected to last six to eight months.
Once the project starts there will not be any access over the bridge from either direction. Advisory signs with a detour route will be posted two weeks prior to the project starting to alert motorists.
The detour route is Middle Valley Road at the Califon Road intersection in Washington Township, to Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, to Sliker Road, to County Route 513.