Camden-based New Jersey American Water has announced investments in Bernardsville, Bernards Township and West Orange, all set to begin next week.
The company will invest $2.3 million to install about 6,320 feet of new 16-inch ductile iron water main in Bernardsville and Bernards Township. This comes on the heels of the company announcing $2.2 million of water main work in the town was to begin in February.
NJ American Water will install new water lines along North Finley Avenue from Monroe Place to Morristown Road, Monroe Place from Ellis Drive to North Finley Avenue, Ellis Drive from East Craig Street to Monroe Place, and East Craig Street from North Maple Avenue to Ellis Drive.
CRJ Contracting Inc. will begin work the week of March 16 and expects to finish in approximately five weeks, weather permitting. Work hours for North Finley Avenue will be at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., while all other streets will be during the day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All work will take place Monday through Friday. Final street restorations will be completed in the late summer or early fall of 2020.
In West Orange, New Jersey American Water said it will invest $1.57 million to replace about 4,650 feet of aging 6-inch water main.
The company says the project also includes replacing nine fire hydrants and 77 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. It will upgrade the water lines, installed as far back as the 1940s, with new 8-inch ductile iron main along Edgewood Avenue from Arverne Road to Rock Spring Avenue and from Lessing Road from St. Cloud Avenue to Edgewood Avenue.
Montana Construction Inc. will begin work on or about March 16 and expects to finish by the end of June. Traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns are likely to occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction.
Final street restorations will be completed in the summer of 2020.
American Water says its investments will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection. These improvements are 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 in New Jersey.