Published on July 05, 2023
Morris County Begins Phase 2 of Rehabilitation Project Ahead of Schedule
Beginning Monday, July 10, 2023, after morning rush hour, Morris County plans to start Phase 2 rehabilitation work to Schooley’s Mountain Road bridge in Washington Township, requiring a full closure of the bridge for the remainder of the project. The work is expected to take 21 days to complete.
Restoration of the bridge in the German Valley Historic District began on Friday, June 16, 2023. Work in Phase 1 was completed ahead of the 51 days initially scheduled. A full bridge closure is needed for Phase 2 to allow the contractor to remove and replace all material above the stone arches. The goal is to finish the entire project by the time school reopens on August 23, 2023. However, since Phase 2 is starting sooner, the county hopes to have the roadway re-opened prior to August 23, weather permitting.
Construction is scheduled between the hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and most Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to complete this project as quickly as possible. There is no overnight construction planned at this time, but the bridge will need to remain closed at all times.
Temporary traffic signals have been installed at Naughright Road and Flocktown Road, and Naughright Road and Fairview Avenue for the duration of the project. Detour signs have been installed for the full closure and traffic will be redirected to Flocktown Road to Naughright Road to Bartley Road.
CMS Construction Corporation of Plainfield, New Jersey, is the contractor on the project.
While the county understands this is a hardship to anyone commuting this section of Schooley’s Mountain Road, this historic arch bridge has served the community for nearly 150 years and residents can look forward to having a safer, better-looking bridge in a few short months.
Photo 1: A view of the western stone spandrel wall undergoing reconstruction during phase 1.
Photo 2: A northbound view of the Schooley’s Mountain Road bridge during Phase 1 construction.