The repaving of Passaic Avenue is scheduled to begin Sunday, June 8. Milling and removing the old pavement and repaving will be conducted during the evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Portions of the road will be closed during construction and cars will be detoured. Essex County is working with the municipal police departments in West Caldwell and Roseland to create detours, and motorists are being asked to find alternate routes during these times.
“Essex residents and motorists rely on our intricate network of roads to get to work, go to school and carry out their daily errands. Our commitment is to make sure our infrastructure is in the most modern condition so that our daily lives are not interrupted,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said. “These upgrades help improve our quality of life by making it easier and safer to travel through Essex County."
The repaving of Passaic Avenue is part of the county’s annual Roadway Resurfacing program. Other roads being repaved include:
- West Greenbrook Avenue in North Caldwell and Fairfield, which was completed earlier in May
- Harrison Avenue in Roseland
- East Cedar Street in Livingston
- Irvington Avenue in Irvington
Smith Sondy Asphalt Construction Co., of Wallington, was awarded a bid contract for $3.8 million to perform the repaving work throughout the county. The repaving work is being supervised by the Essex County Department of Public Works. The improvements are funded by a New Jersey Department of Transportation grant.
Essex County has also allocated $2 million from its capital budget and awarded a publicly bid contract to Smith Sondy to repave the following roadways:
- Kingsland Avenue in Nutley
- Millburn Avenue in Millburn
- High Street in Newark
- White Oak Ridge Road in Millburn
"One of our most important priorities is to make sure our residents are safe and modernizing the infrastructure is one way of doing that,” Freeholder Leonard Luciano said. “We experienced a bad winter and our roads are plagued with potholes. I am pleased that we are addressing some of our problem areas through the County’s paving program."