FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  July 1, 2013
Contact:   Sebastian D’Elia (908) 527-4419
John Salerno (908) 527-4292

Union County to Resurface 12 Miles of County Roadway

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County will resurface more than 12 miles of roadway in 10 Union County towns this summer.

“Resurfacing makes travel safer and smoother and it prolongs the life of Union County’s roadways,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “The summer resurfacing program is an important part of our ongoing maintenance of county roads.”

Work will begin in June and is scheduled to run through the summer months while school is out.

The County will resurface:

  • Balthusrol Road in Summit from Glenside Avenue to the Route 78 Bridge, .7 mi.;
  • Centennial Avenue in Cranford from Raritan Road to North Avenue, 1.3 mi.;
  • Chestnut Avenue in Hillside from Hillside Avenue to the Irvington City Line, .4 mi.;
  • North Broad Street in Hillside from King Street to Bailey Avenue and the Newark City line, 1.1 mi.;
  • Stiles Street in Linden from Routes 1&9 to Valley Road, 1.8 mi.;
  • Michigan Avenue in Kenilworth and Faitoute Avenue in Roselle Park from Route 28 to Route 22, 2.3 mi.;
  • Pearl Street in Elizabeth from Routes 1&9 to Route 27, .9 mi.;
  • Plainfield Avenue in Plainfield from West 5th Street to Wadsworth Avenue/Route 27, .9 mi.;
  • Summit Avenue in Summit from the Morris Essex Turnpike to Morris Avenue, 1.5 mi.; and
  • Westfield Avenue in Clark from Brant Avenue to Broadway and in Rahway from Broadway to Route 27, 1.2 mi.

Two inches of the existing roadway will be milled down and repaved with new asphalt.

Stormwater management upgrades to more than 200 existing inlets are included in this project. These include bicycle safe grates and curb inlets which help prevent trash and other floatables from being discharged to rivers and streams.

In addition, handicapped ramps that are not compliant with state regulations will be rebuilt or replaced and street name signs will be replaced. Finally, the newly resurfaced roads will have new pavement striping and markings.

The roads to be resurfaced are chosen by inspections performed by county workers throughout the year.

The roadways will be closed while they are being resurfaced, and Union County will post a road closure schedule on its website. Go to www.ucnj.org for more info on construction and closures.

“Union County is home to more than half a million people and is a major commercial crossroads,” said Freeholder Carter.  “It’s important that we make this kind of investment in maintaining safe and efficient roads.”

The project will cost $6,013,529.22 and Smith Sondy Asphalt Construction Company of Wallington, NJ was chosen as the contractor. Some of the funds for this project will come from State highway grants

Union County, with a land area of just over 100 square miles, has more than 172 miles of county-owned and maintained roads and more than 470 bridges and culverts.

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Union County Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter speaks to the county’s Public Works Director, Joseph Policay, Jr.