Route 46 to be closed for railroad-crossing repairs
Highway scheduled to be closed in both directions for approximately 18 hours
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced that a portion of Route 46 in both directions is scheduled to be closed to rehabilitate a Morris County owned Chester Branch railroad grade crossing in Roxbury, Morris County.
Route 46 will be closed to traffic at the railroad crossing just east of Railroad Avenue from 7 p.m. Friday, October 14 to around 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, weather dependent.
• Motorists heading east on Route 46 will be directed to take Berkshire Valley Road north to North Dell Avenue south to Route 46 eastbound.
• Motorists heading west on Route 46 will be directed to take North Dell Avenue north to Berkshire Valley Road south to Route 46 westbound.
The detour routes were coordinated with the Roxbury Police Department. Access will be maintained to businesses and residential properties on either side of the rail line.
The Chester Branch freight rail line is one of three Morris County owned railroads which are served and maintained under contract with the Morristown & Erie Railway.
NJDOT will replace the existing crossing with a new concrete freight rail crossing and repave the asphalt approaches to provide a safer and smoother driving surface. The cost of the work is $170,000. This project is part of NJDOT’s ongoing railroad grade-crossing safety program which repairs, upgrades or removes approximately 30 crossings each year on state and local roadways.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.