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Overnight Allen Road Construction Continues Into This Week

Updated: Somerset County reports that striping of new pavement should begin on Tuesday.

The overnight repaving of Allen Road in The Hills in Basking Ridge continued into a third week on Dec. 2. By Linda Sadlouskos
The overnight repaving of Allen Road in The Hills in Basking Ridge continued into a third week on Dec. 2. By Linda Sadlouskos

Major overnight construction on Allen Road in The Hills section of Basking Ridge continued into a third week on Monday night, with paving trucks, police and workers on the scene and the road shut down to one lane for much of the distance up the hill on the Bernards Township side.

On Tuesday morning, Rich Lazicky, who is in charge of the construction division for the Somerset County engineering department, said paving should have been completed on Monday. 

Lazicky said that striping of the new pavement would begin on Tuesday.

The projected completion date for Somerset County's reconstruction and repaving of Allen Road in Basking Ridge and Schley Mountain Road in Bedminster already had been pushed to the middle of last week, but the work continues this week, although most of the paving in Bedmister appears to be finished.

The road project for the entire duration of the major roadway serving The Hills in both towns started in the middle of November, with the original target date for completion projected for the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Lazicky last week said the milling of old pavement and laying of new pavement could be expected to continue from next Tuesday night into the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

During construction, the road should remain open to traffic, allowing people to get to their homes in The Hills area of both Bernards and Bedminster, Lazicky when the job began. He added that police may detour drivers around the block at some points in construction.

Multiple police were at the scene on Monday night in Bernards Twp. as motorists waited for lines of cars to pass through an extensive one-lane traffic pattern that led up most of the hill on Allen Road in the Basking Ridge side of the project.

Police Lt. Ed Reese said no detours were planned, but local police would be on site to help control traffic and assist motorists.

"Motorists can expect to experience altered traffic patterns on Allen Road between Somerville Road in Bernards Township and Schley Mountain Road in Bedminster Township," Reese said last month.

To avoid disrupting school vehicles and commuters, the county decided earlier this year that the best time to do the road work is at night — all night, until it is completed.

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