Camden-based New Jersey American Water said Tuesday that it will invest $2.2 million to install about 4,600 feet of new water main in Bernardsville and Bernards Township beginning this week, and $950,000 to replace about 3,560 feet of aging 2-inch and 4-inch water main in Monmouth County beginning next week.
The company will install the new 12-inch water lines along the following streets in Bernardsville and Bernards Township: Meeker Road from Wisteria Way to Route 202; Route 202 from Meeker Road to Mt. Harmony Road; and Mt. Harmony Road from Route 202 to Lakeview Drive.
Contractor Vollers Inc. will begin work this week in Bernardsville and Bernards Township and expects to finish by the end of April, weather permitting. The company says the project also includes replacing two fire hydrants and 45 utility-owned service lines along the route.
In September 2019, the utility announced $290,000 of investments in Bernardsville.
Meanwhile, in Monmouth County, American Water plans to upgrade aging water lines, installed in the 1920s, with new 8-inch ductile iron main in Rumson and Long Branch.
In Rumson, the work will take place along Third Street from River Road to William Street, William Street’s entire length, and Second Street from William Street to the end of the road. In Long Branch, it will occur on Cummings Avenue from Hoey Avenue to Van Court Avenue, Overlook Avenue from Hoey Avenue to Van Court Avenue, Van Court Avenue from Lockwood Avenue to Overlook Avenue, and Woodgate Avenue from Lockwood Avenue and Overlook Avenue in Long Branch.
Contractors J. F. Kiely Inc. and Perna Finnigan Inc. will begin work next week and expect to finish by the end of April.
The company says these investments will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection. This improvement is part of New Jersey American Water’s multi-million-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across New Jersey.