Thursday, April 4, 2013
But this round of road repairs is only a warmup for more extensive construction project in about a year on major route between Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.
Detour signs were finally removed, or covered with black plastic, as a stretch of Mount Airy Road that is a main route between Basking Ridge and Bernardsville was reopened on Thursday following a water main replacement project that began in mid-January. Bernardsville Police said that the road officially opened following a final day of construction on Wednesday by the New Jersey American Water Co. A spokesman for New Jersey American Water Co. had previously projected the replacement of decades-old water main pipes would be finished by the end of March. But those detour signs are expected to be back within the year. The completion of the water company's project is just a preliminary step — and a bit of a preview — for a larger, more …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Longtime concern about left turn heading north on Mount Airy Road to be addressed, mayor says.
The traffic turning patterns at Olcott Square in the center of Bernardsville have for many years been a headache for local officials and drivers. But next week — at long last — Mayor Lee Honecker said that the state is planning to install a left-turn arrow on Mount Airy Road as it crosses Route 202. Honecker told the Borough Council on Monday he has heard the state Department of Transportation will begin underground construction to allow the change in the traffic signal, with work to begin next Monday, March 18. Honecker said he had received the news from N.J. Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-Dist. 25), who represents the borough. Honecker said that reportedly a resident had contacted Bucco's office expressing concern about the lefthand turn onto …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Water company spokesman gives latest update as end of March for total completion of project to replace old water mains.
A spokesman for New Jersey American Water Co. gave the end of March as the latest date for final completion of a project to replace water mains on a stretch between Basking Ridge and Bernardsville — but this project is just a preview of a larger and lengthier job now projected for 2014. The replacement of the decades-old water mains — which began on Jan. 14 — was considered necessary to do now since heavy construction is due when the county road is reconstructed and bowing stone walls replaced about a year from now, said Ken Taylor, construction supervisor for the water company. "Construction over old mains can cause problems that were not there before," Taylor said this week. In addition, the new mains — to serve about 40 customers …
Friday, March 1, 2013
But road is open when construction isn't actively underway.
Drivers will need to detour around a closed section of Mount Airy Road for a few more weeks, at least while active construction is underway for a project by the New Jersey American Water Co. to replace water mains south of Olcott Square, according to officials in Bernardsville. Bernardsville Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley said the road still is closed during the day in certain sections, and should remain so for a few more weeks. But Valentine warned that through traffic should not be using the road when barriers are up. The road has been open to local traffic and school buses for the duration of the project. The main installation of the water main was to be completed shortly after the middle of February, according to a memo from New Jersey …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Bernardsville Chief warns that vehicles should not be passing through when construction is actively underway.
A stretch of Mount Airy Road between Prospect Street in Bernardsville and West Oak Street has been open to traffic when continuing construction is not in progress — but Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine warned that through traffic should not be using the road when barriers are up. Although the construction on the road officially began on Jan. 14, the road has generally been open on weekends and after-hours or when inclement weather disrupts a project by the New Jersey American Water Co. to replace decades-old water mains in the area. Valentine said work hours generally have been 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, but the time can fluctuate. During that time, he said traffic — except for school buses and residents who must reach their …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Longtime employee of Bernardsville construction company killed after tree fell on truck.
A longtime employee for a Bernardsville construction company was killed Thursday afternoon when his utility truck was crushed by a tree that fell on his vehicle on Mount Airy Road in Bernards Township, police said. The employee of HW Alward Construction was killed in the accident that closed the roadway for nearly four hours, Bernards Township Police Chief Brian Bobowicz said. The victim's identity was not immediately released. The road was closed from shortly after 3 p.m. to about 6:45 p.m., Bobowicz said. The chief said township police responded at 3:06 p.m. to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Mount Airy Road in the area of the Somerset Hills YMCA and Holy Cross Cemetery involving a fallen tree. Upon arrival, the male driver was …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Signs in place for official detour along Pill Hill and Meeker roads to reach downtown Bernardsville.
Workers from the New Jersey American Water Co. were out measuring Mount Airy Road on Tuesday for the start of the first phase of a complete overhall of the county road that eventually will include repaving, drainage work and the replacement of crumbling retaining walls and sidewalks south of Olcott Square in Bernardsville. The road is now closed to all but local traffic and school buses. This first phase of a larger $5 million road project, that will eventually also include replacing crumbling retaining walls and sidewalks in the area, could continue for about two months or a little more, Tricia Smith, principal highway engineer for Somerset County, said about a week ago. Detour signs already were in place at the road's intersection with …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
UPDATE: Replacement of old water main is just first in a series of improvements to be made along county road.
Mount Airy Road, a main route between Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, is due to be closed this week to all but local and school bus traffic as phase one begins for a lengthy project to completely overhaul the road and retaining walls just south of Olcott Square. The construction initially was scheduled to begin on or around this Monday, but the contractor for the project said that the work would start the following Monday, Jan. 14, said Bernardsville Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley. Meanwhile, signs already are out along Mount Airy at intersections with Prospect Street in Bernardsville and at West Oak Street in Basking Ridge warning drivers that the street will be closed to all but local traffic on or around Jan. 7. The New Jersey American …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Driver was taken to Morristown Medical Center for injuries.
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Monday, August 27, 2012
A woman veered off Mount Airy Road near Lyons Road on Friday, crashing into a tree, according to Bernards Township Police. The vehicle was traveling southbound when the accident occurred at about 5:13 p.m., police said. Police said the driver was transported to Morristown Medical Center by Liberty Corner EMS for injuries not considered serious. The crash remains under investigation, according to police.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Section of road north of Bernards Avenue in Bernardsville was closed for almost 17 hours on Tuesday following early morning crash.
A section of Mount Airy Road, Somerset County Route 525, just south of Olcott Square in Bernardsville again is open on Wednesday morning following a 5:52 a.m. car crash on Tuesday morning that cracked a utility pole and kept the road closed into nighttime hours. Bernardsville police had initially estimated the road would be blocked, and traffic detoured, until about 6 p.m. However, the road ultimately remained closed until about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police reported on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, the road was still closed off while utility crews were placing a new utility pole alongside a cracked pole on the northbound section of the road. A utility worker at the site said the crew at that time was considerating whether to …