Intercounty Smooths Out Portion of 202 in Jersey

Tue August 19, 2008 - Northeast Edition
Mary Reed



The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is currently overseeing rehabilitation of a stretch of Route 202.

Passing through Bridgewater, Bedminster, Branchburg and Raritan Borough in Somerset County and Raritan Township and Readington in Hunderdon County, the cost of the Route 202 project is tagged at $8.5 million, with funding provided by the state.

Work began on March 31, 2008, and the job is on target to meet the expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2008, with no problems so far.

Prime contractor is Hackettstown, N.J.-based Intercounty Paving Associates LLC (ICPA). The company is currently carrying out joint repairs as well as 3.5 in. (8.89 cm) of milling and placement of 2 in. (5.08 cm) of intermediate pavement.

“We are currently using two Roadtec 900 cold planers to cut various depths of asphalt before new asphalt is placed. The pavers are Blaw-Knox 5510s and we are using three Hypac 784s to compact the asphalt and make it a smoother ride,” said Bob Waldron, equipment manager of Intercounty Paving. “Other equipment used for the job includes 416 Caterpillar backhoe, 928 Caterpillar loader for clean up of millings, DD-90 and DD-24 Ingersoll [Rand] rollers and a CMI Cold Planer as well as a water truck.”

Work remaining on the project includes completion of milling, replacement of intermediate and placement of the top courses of pavement as well as placing new cast iron curb pieces, regrading the berm, striping, rebuilding inlets, replacing sidewalks and installing bicycle safety grates.

During the past 12 years, Intercounty Paving Associates has completed a number of projects in eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area as well as many milling and paving jobs for the state of New Jersey. The company specializes in concrete, drainage, excavation, and site work as well as road reclamation, asphalt milling and paving.

Projects handled by ICPA include reconstruction of three taxiways at Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, N.J., ($5.4 million) and milling and paving work on central NJ routes 9, 18 and 72 for the New Jersey Department of Transportation ($8.8 million) and Route 22 in the Allentown/Bethlehem area for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ($6.4 million). CEG