Route 206 improvement project in Byram advances toward a November completion date
Highway widening and reconstruction work in Sussex County will reduce congestion and improve safety
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that a project to improve a busy 1.2-mile stretch of Route 206 in Byram (Sussex County) is advancing toward a mid-November substantial completion date.
NJDOT will be keeping local officials informed of the progress being made with bi-weekly conference calls until substantial completion is reached.
The project, which extends from Acorn Street to a point north of Byram Plaza, includes a complete reconstruction of the roadway, new curbs, drainage inlets and sidewalks, new traffic signals, landscaping, and widened portions of the roadway to safely and efficiently accommodate motorists wishing to make turns.
Except for a surface course of asphalt, the reconstruction of the northbound and southbound sides of the roadway is complete from the southern project limit at Acorn Street to Lackawanna Drive.
Most of the remaining work is along Route 206 southbound from the northern project limit to the vicinity of Byram Plaza, a shopping center located along the northbound side of the highway at Lackawanna Drive. The upcoming work in this area includes improvements to the shopping center access point from Lackawanna Drive. It also includes excavation work on Route 206 southbound to lower the profile of the highway prior to the contractor’s work to reconstruct the highway in that location.
Other project components to be completed include:
• Installation of permanent traffic signals at Route 206 and Lackawanna Drive and at the highway intersection with Waterloo/Brookwood roads
• A new culvert, deck and retaining wall at Lubbers Run
• A retaining wall along 206 southbound north of Hi Glen Drive
• Some additional curbing and sidewalk work
• A surface course of asphalt on the highway
The Department is working with its contractor to complete the project as expeditiously as possible. The project is being built by Tilcon under an $18.5 million contract. Total project cost, including engineering, design, right-of-way acquisition and utility work, is $31 million.