Morris County and the cooperating agencies of NJTPA and NJDOT are committed to developing transportation improvements that best balance transportation needs, the environment, community concerns and cost. As part of the Community Outreach effort, numerous meetings will be held to share project information and obtain input.

Upcoming Meetings

Columbia Turnpike Bridge LCD Study – Public Information Center #1 May 9, 2018

Morris County in coordination with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), are conducting a Local Concept Development (LCD) study to determine appropriate improvements to the Columbia Turnpike Bridge located in the Borough of Florham Park, New Jersey. This notice is to inform you that Morris County will host a Public Information Center about the study.

The purpose of the Public Information Center is to inform the public about the study objectives, status of the study and schedule. The Public Information Center will also provide an opportunity to identify concerns and obtain input on the study’s draft Purpose and Need statement. Study team members will be in attendance to present information and answer questions. Comments cards will be available. The public is encouraged to comment.

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Open House
6:30 p.m. Presentation
Location: Borough of Florham Park Municipal Building Council Chambers
111 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

*Borough of Florham Park Municipal Building is accessible to persons with disabilities.  

Columbia Turnpike Bridge LCD Study – Public Information Center September 11, 2018

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER NOTICE Morris County, in coordination with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), are conducting a study to determine appropriate improvements to the Columbia Turnpike Bridge. Morris County is hosting its second Public Information Center about the study on September 11. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public about study objectives, status and schedule, and solicit public comments on potential improvements developed as part of this study.  Study team members will be in attendance to present information and answer questions. Comments cards will be available. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

Date:   Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time:   5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open house
6:00 p.m. Presentation
Location: Hyatt House Morristown – Main Conference Room
194 Park Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey *Hyatt House Morristown is ADA accessible
Written comments will be accepted through October 11, 2018.  Comments may be mailed or emailed to: Meghan M. Paccione Senior Engineer – Bridges County of Morris Dept. of Public Works Division of Engineering and Transportation P.O. Box 900 Morristown, NJ 07960 Email: mpaccione@co.morris.nj.us Comments may also be sent through our websitehttp://www.columbiaturnpikebridge.com/contact/ Please complete the Community Stakeholder Survey: http://www.columbiaturnpikebridge.com/survey/ For more information: Visit our website: www.columbiaturnpikebridge.com Follow us on Twitter: @Columbia_Bridge

Anticipated Meeting Schedule

Meeting Timeframe Agenda
Local Officials Briefing No. 1 (Kickoff) Date:
  • Tuesday April 24, 2018
Time:
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:
  • Florham Park Borough Municipal Building - 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932
  • Present project status and schedule
  • Review goals and objectives
  • Identify issues and concerns
  • Review project portfolio materials
  • Community Stakeholder meeting preparations
Public Information Center (PIC) No. 1 Purpose & Need (P&N) Statement Date:
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time:
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Open House Format)
Location:
  • Florham Park Municipal Building - 111 Ridgedale Avenue Florham Park, NJ 07932
  • Present project information
  • Present project history, current status, studies and concepts via display boards
  • Obtain input for project Purpose and Need and provide print and web comment forms
  • PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER: Presentation #1
Local Officials Briefing No. 2 (P&N Statement, Conceptual Alternatives) Date:
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time:
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presentation:
  • 4:00 p.m.
Location:
  • Florham Park Borough Municipal Building - 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932
  • Obtain input on conceptual improvement alternatives
  • Community Stakeholder meeting preparation
  • Preparation for PIC No. 2
Community Stakeholder Mtg. No. 2 Date:
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time:
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Open House
Presentation:
  • 4:00 p.m.
Location:
  • Hyatt House Morristown – Main Conference Room 194 Park Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey (located at the corner of Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue)
  • Present and obtain input on developed conceptual alternatives
PIC  (Conceptual Alternatives - PPA) Date:
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time:
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Open House Format)
Presentation:
  •  6:00 p.m.
Location:
  • Hyatt House Morristown – Main Conference Room 194 Park Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey (located at the corner of Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue)
  • Present conceptual improvement alternatives
  • Obtain public comments via print comment forms
Local Officials Briefing No. 3 (PPA - Resolution of Support) Fall 2018
  • Provide feedback on PIC Meetings and written comments received
  • Obtain Resolution of Support for PPA
PIC No. 3 Fall 2018
  • Presentation of PPA

Ways to Get Involved

Community Outreach Meetings

Public meetings are good way to make your voice heard and insure a successful project further down the road. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can keep tabs on new project developments by visiting this website and reviewing the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentation.

Questions, Comments or Suggestions

We encourages community members to voice their concerns and contribute suggestions to the Project Team. For questions or comments, please fill in the public comment form or contact the project team directly.

 

Community involvement is a vital part of the project. We encourage you to follow and provide input on improvements to the bridge as an important transportation link for the local communities and the region.

The County of Morris in cooperation with NJTPA and NJDOT recognize that community participation is an integral part of all stages of projects. A Public Action Plan (PAP) was developed for the project as a framework to accomplish open, proactive and productive community and stakeholder discussions. Local officials, community stakeholders, agency representatives, and the general public will have an opportunity to provide comments and questions for consideration throughout the project development process. Our community outreach strategies include the following:

  • Host outreach meetings including local officials briefings, community stakeholder meetings, and public information centers
  • Communicate meeting announcement alerts and project information through social media and mailings
  • Provide regular updates to the project website, including study progress reports and other outreach materials
  • Work with elected officials, local governments, first-responders, and the media
  • Address inquiries from interested parties