Middlesex Water Co. will begin a $3.7 million project to upgrade drinking water infrastructure in the northwest section of the Borough of Metuchen on Sept. 8.
Middlesex Water Co. intends to replace 3.3 miles, or 17,500 linear feet, of water mains, as well as service lines, valves and fire hydrants to help enhance overall service quality and improve fire flows.
It’s coordinating its utility work schedule and road openings with the gas company working in the area so work can be done simultaneously, avoiding further disruption to customers and residents.
Streets affected by the plan, dubbed its 2020 Renew Program, are expected to include:
Main Street between Plainfield Avenue and Durham Avenue
Durham Avenue between Main Street and Martin Street
Central Avenue between Forrest Street and Maple Avenue
Elm Court between Main Street and terminus
Talmadge Avenue between Main Street and Center Street
Maple Avenue between Main Street and Central Avenue
W. Chestnut Avenue between Main Street and Central Avenue
Midland Avenue between Main Street and Central Avenue
Columbia Avenue between Plainfield Avenue and W. Chestnut Avenue
Harvard Avenue between Plainfield Avenue and W. Chestnut Avenue
University Avenue between Plainfield Avenue and W. Chestnut Avenue
Princeton Street between University Avenue and terminus
Rutgers Street between University Avenue and Central Avenue
Center Street between Midland Avenue and Durham Avenue
Martin Street between W. Chestnut Avenue and Durham Avenue
Middlesex Water will also install exterior meter pits at each customer’s premise as part of the program. No access to customer homes will be required during this project and work teams will observe social distancing guidelines.
Renew is part of Middlesex Water’s multi-million dollar infrastructure investment initiative dubbed Water for Tomorrow Program, which consists of several projects designed to replace aging infrastructure and strengthen the company’s water distribution system to preserve reliability, resiliency and water quality.
Temporary disruptions of service ranging from two to eight hours will be necessary for tie-ins and connection of the new infrastructure to the existing system. Customers will be notified via phone message and door hanger in advance of the service interruption on their street.
The project is expected to take four months with all affected roadways restored in the spring of 2021.