Repairs to a stretch of guardrail on Schooley’s Mountain Road will take an additional four to five weeks to complete this summer, according to Morris County Engineer Steve Hammond.
The work to reinforce guardrails that had been dislodged during a series of storms in the summer of 2011 began on June 4 by H&G Contractors of Ridgewood.
The foreman of the project, Carmen Gragnano,
In order to stabilize the ground behind and beneath the guardrail, H&G is using metal-wire baskets filled with gabion stones that will be inserted into the cliff side, according Gragnano.
The county engineering department said the project is still on budget and was not expecting any change in the cost.
“Sometimes conditions don’t allow for the original time table to be met,” said a member of the engineering department.
Two off-duty police officers have been contracted by the county to keep the flow of traffic steady between Camp Washington Road and “Big Turn” on the roadway, guiding traffic into one alternating lane between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
On Tuesday, because of how the work was being performed, a third officer was stationed on the road to help with traffic flow.