New Jersey American Water is investing $5 million to replace approximately 7,300 feet of aging water main and 2,450 feet of aging wastewater main in Ocean City, the utility announced Sept. 14.
The upgrades are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to improve the water infrastructure in more than 100 communities across the state.
The company will also replace 11 fire hydrants and 250 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. Additionally, it will replace any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized.
Last week, contractors Pioneer Pipe Contractors Inc. and Perna Finnigan Inc. began the work, which is expected to be completed in three months, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents should expect traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns. Final street restorations will be completed in summer of 2023, the company said.
Work to replace the aging lines that were installed as far back as the 1920s will be performed along:
- 13th Street from Ocean Avenue to Asbury Avenue
- 14th Street from Ocean Avenue to Asbury Avenue
- Bay/Simpson Alley from Sixth Street to Seventh Street and from Ninth Street to 10th Street
- Central/Wesley Alley from Ninth Street to 10th Street
- Haven Avenue from 26th Street to 31st Street
- Wesley Avenue from 12th Street to 14th Street
Customers may sign up for alerts through their MyWater account and follow the company on social media for project updates.