Morris County: Route 24 & Columbia Turnpike Interchange Project Indefinitely Delayed

Route 24 & Columbia Turnpike Interchange Project Indefinitely Delayed

A statement by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners

 

“We want to thank the Borough of Florham Park, the Township of Hanover and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill for their steadfast support of our effort to secure federal funding for the multi-million dollar plan to remedy dangerous traffic problems at the Route 24 and Columbia Turnpike Interchange.  It is with significant disappointment that we must announce an indefinite delay in moving forward because the unique opportunity to secure that federal aid, specifically for preliminary engineering, design and right of way acquisition phases, was lost last week.

Until recently, this critical project had the support of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Morris County and all towns impacted by the congestion and accidents at the interchange, and no objections were raised in the year since the NJDOT presented a preferred realignment plan in March 2020. We all understood the design phases would provide every opportunity for everyone to express concerns and to recommend changes at future public hearings to the NJDOT preferred plan. Regrettably, Morris Township refused to provide a letter of support last week that was crucial to our effort to secure federal aid through Congress.  The window of opportunity has since closed.”

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