Wednesday, September 12, 2012
First step in major reconstruction project under way.
Construction on the Middle Valley Road Bridge has officially begun, and demolition of the existing structure kicked off this week. Now, with the structure connecting sides of Middle Valley to each other and Long Valley gone, detours–some more than 10 miles–are in place to help motorists get from one location to another. The project, which is eliminating the current structure and replacing it with a new truss and roadway, has been years in the making, and is expected to take up to eight months to complete. Just before the road was closed earlier this month, Morris County engineer Brian Caruso said, depending on the truss manufacturer's time table, the road may be passable before inclement weather strikes the region during winter months. …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Roadway could be reopened before end of 2012, engineer says.
After years of blueprints, engineering and strategy, coupled with months of delays and updates, the Middle Valley Road Bridge project will begin Wednesday. Signs were posted late last week that work would begin on or around Sept. 3, but due to rain the contractor for the project, Konkus Corporation of Somerville, held off in the early part of the week. “The plan is to close the bridge and road (Wednesday) afternoon,” said one of Morris County’s engineers, Brian Caruso. “All signs will go up and the detour route will be established.” Detours around the project will be lengthy–up to 10.8 miles depending on direction–and will last for months. Heading east on Rt. 513, drivers will be alerted of a detour via signage before Sliker Road in …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Project being held up by utility companies, county said.
The much-anticipated Middle Valley Road Bridge replacement project, originally scheduled to begin July 9, 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 …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Engineering officials present project specifications to township.
A portion of Middle Valley Road will be closed to completely replace the bridge at its eastern end beginning on or around July 11, and is expected to be reopened no later than Dec. 31 of this year, according to engineering officials from Morris County and the firm T. Y. Lin. Those officials presented a project overview to the Washington Township Committee Wednesday night, and fielded questions from nine residents who live in the Middle Valley section of Washington Township that will be most closely affected by the project. The scoping phase of the project, where conceptual design began, started in 2005 and lasted three years, according to the presentation. Final design was completed in 2011, and Konkus Corporation of Somerville won the …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
See our Week in Review for what Jason missed during his week off.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Jason's got some catching up to do. Our trusty Long Valley Patch editor, Jason Koestenblatt, was out for the past week, but there was plenty of news in and around Washington Township to occupy his trusty staff of dozens of reporters, editorial assistants, personal assistants, butlers, vallets and food tasters busy. (By "trusty staff," we basically mean his boss and a couple of coworkers, all of whom benefited greatly from the extensive prep work Mr. K. did before heading out for a well-deserved break). Take a look at what Jason missed in this installment of our Week in Review. He'll be back in gear on Tuesday, but in the meantime, send any news, views, complaints, concerns or (we assume) vociferous praise to Louis@Patch.com Our Voices We …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Had previously been set to start earlier in the year.
Friday, May 4, 2012
The anticipated start date for work on Middle Valley Bridge near West Mill Road is now the first week of July, according to a traffic advisory from Washington Township police. The project's original start date was expected to be in April or May, and then in June, but it has been pushed back. It's expected to take six to eight months. Once the project starts there will not be any access over the bridge from either direction, police said. 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 the Califon Road intersection in Washington Township, to Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, to Sliker Road, to County Route 513 (Califon-Chester Road). …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Project is expected to last until November
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Representatives from the Morris County Department of Public Works will be attending the Washington Township Committee work session May 16 at 7:30 p.m. to give an overview of the Middle Valley Road Bridge Project and to answer any questions that may arise. This meeting will be held at the Municipal Building, 43 Schooley’s Mountain Road and is open to the public. The project will force a detour around the eastern end of Middle Valley Road for several months, Morris County Engineer Roslyn Khurdan has said. It's expected to start sometime in June, delayed from an original start date of April or May The bridge at the end of the county road is being completely replaced, Khurdan said, and approximately 100 feet of pavement on both sides of the …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Middle Valley, Newburgh Roads could be closed between six and eight months.
Bridge reconstruction projects on opposite ends of Washington Township slated for 2012 are expected to take up to six, possibly eight months to complete, according to Morris County Engineer Roslyn Khurdan. A full bridge reconstruction on Middle Valley Road is expected to begin in June, but a specific date has not been set, Khurdan said. The project was originally expected to begin in either late April or early May. Utility relocation–electrical wires specifically–has yet to be determined, and final approval for the contractor by the Department of Transportation has yet to be submitted, Khurdan said. The project, which includes repaving of approximately 100 feet of roadway approaching both sides of the bridge, is expected to take up to six…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Roadway will be closed, detoured while entire bridge is replaced.
A major bridge reconstruction project will force a detour around the eastern end of Middle Valley Road until November of this year, according to Morris County Engineer Roslyn Khurdan. The bridge at the end of the county road is being completely replaced, Khurdan said, and approximately 100 feet of pavement on both sides of the bridge will be milled and paved as well. The federally funded project comes at a cost of $1.7 million, Khurdan said. The contractor on the project is Konkus Corporation of Somerset County. Konkus also completed the Tanners Brook Bridge project in 2011. A member from the company was at the site on Saturday, March 31 clearing trees in preparation of the project, Khurdan said. The bridge, which was installed more than …