LIVINGSTON — After developers here months ago took it upon themselves to close and then one-way a county road leading to an historic African-American church, a rainy summer is being blamed for delays in construction that will give the congregation direct access.

After months of back-and-forth among county officials, developers and church members, construction of the road to the 160-year-old Greater Livingston M.B. Church  is still about three weeks out because of the weather.

Church members earlier demanded that the county construct a two-lane road with direct access to their church after developers at the Township of Livingston turned the old road, Livingston Church Road, into a one-way street. The public street was then closed and a temporary access road was built to the church.

Back in June, supervisors were told it would take two to three weeks to open the new road, but county officials and developers say the weather has been relentless.

Board of Supervisors Attorney Katie Bryant Snell told supervisors on Monday she has been working with the church’s attorney and developers for the last two months on the issue.

She said they have since changed the engineering plans to extend the roadway up to the church.

“Unfortunately, nobody likes to hear rain,” she said. “It has been raining an unprecedented amount. Unfortunately, that’s delayed us.”

Snell said while other work has occurred at the Township, in order to work on the road, they need the surface and what’s underneath to be dry for several days.

Rocks placed to stop flooding at the church have since been removed and the developers have begun to haul in dirt and stormwater piping.

County Road Manager/Engineer Dan Gaillet is optimistic about the timetable. “If the weather holds, the contractor believes in two to three weeks we’ll be done with this job,” he said.

Andy Clark, an attorney for the developers, said the rainfall over the last several months caused “significant construction delays” throughout the county and their work in particular.

“The good news is that we were able to address some unanticipated engineering and construction plan changes during the inclement weather delay, so that when the weather broke, our contractor was able to start,” Clark said.

“He understands the importance of this project and has essentially ‘doubled up’ with personnel onsite daily, with the exception of Sunday, simultaneously installing storm drain, and bringing the road bed up to grade.”

Clark echoed the two to three week time period of good weather needed to finish the project and thanked all parties involved for their patience and understanding.

He added, “My clients sincerely appreciate the continued patience and cooperation of the congregation at Greater Livingston M.B. Church as we continue to work with our contractor and the board of supervisors through the county engineer and county attorney to bring this project to completion as soon as possible.”