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New Water Mains Planned for Sea Bright

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Published on August 29, 2014 with No Comments

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By John Burton

SEA BRIGHT– After the summer crunch subsides, borough residents and businesses will see additional activity along Ocean Avenue with the installation of a new water main through the heart of the business district.

Following a water main rupture occurring on Ocean Avenue on July 27 that left the road buckled, traffic had to be diverted around the site by way of the borough-owned parking lot, according to Police Chief John Sorrentino.

The project will take place from Center Street north to the Rumson-Sea Bright bridge, he said.

New Jersey American Water hopes to begin the project by mid-September but the company will first require state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits to begin.

Much of the work will be done at night and will take roughly 30 days, “if no surprises,” said Peter Eschbach, director of communications and external affairs for New Jersey-American Water.  “We’re trying to schedule the work to minimize impact on traffic.”

Ocean Avenue is also state Highway 36, which runs north-to-south and is the only roadway through the small beachfront community.

New Jersey-American Water will be responsible for repaving the street, he said.

While Sorrentino said he has had preliminary discussions with the water company and the state Department of Transportation, he has yet to receive specific details to coordinate traffic strategies. “I’m kind of in limbo right now,” he said.

“Depending on where they’re actually working depends on whether or not we have a ton of traffic or a little bit of traffic,” the chief said.

According to Eschbach, the plan for the estimated $800,000 project is to replace the existing “very old water pipes” with one made of state-of-the-art material.

“They’ve had a history of breakage,” Eschbach said of the existing water mains.

The current cast iron pipes, two that are 6-inches in diameter and one that is 8 inches, date back to at least the mid-1950s and are “probably older,” Eschbach said.

The plan is to remove those three pipes and install one that is 2,300 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. It will be concrete lined and made of ductile iron. “It’ll last a long time,” an estimated 50 to 75 years, Eschbach said.

Working along the shore area means having to insert vertical pipes to pump out ground water in order to install the main, Eschbach said. “Otherwise, when we dig our trench to put our new pipe in, it’ll immediately fill up with water.”

 

 

 

 

By John Burton

 

SEA BRIGHT– After the summer crunch subsides, borough residents and businesses will see additional activity along Ocean Avenue with the installation of a new water main through the heart of the business district.

Following a water main rupture occurring on Ocean Avenue on July 27 that left the road buckled, traffic had to be diverted around the site by way of the borough-owned parking lot, according to Police Chief John Sorrentino.

The project will take place from Center Street north to the Rumson-Sea Bright bridge, he said.

New Jersey American Water hopes to begin the project by mid-September but the company will first require state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits to begin.

Much of the work will be done at night and will take roughly 30 days, “if no surprises,” said Peter Eschbach, director of communications and external affairs for New Jersey-American Water.  “We’re trying to schedule the work to minimize impact on traffic.”

Ocean Avenue is also state Highway 36, which runs north-to-south and is the only roadway through the small beachfront community.

New Jersey-American Water will be responsible for repaving the street, he said.

While Sorrentino said he has had preliminary discussions with the water company and the state Department of Transportation, he has yet to receive specific details to coordinate traffic strategies. “I’m kind of in limbo right now,” he said.

“Depending on where they’re actually working depends on whether or not we have a ton of traffic or a little bit of traffic,” the chief said.

According to Eschbach, the plan for the estimated $800,000 project is to replace the existing “very old water pipes” with one made of state-of-the-art material.

“They’ve had a history of breakage,” Eschbach said of the existing water mains.

The current cast iron pipes, two that are 6-inches in diameter and one that is 8 inches, date back to at least the mid-1950s and are “probably older,” Eschbach said.

The plan is to remove those three pipes and install one that is 2,300 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. It will be concrete lined and made of ductile iron. “It’ll last a long time,” an estimated 50 to 75 years, Eschbach said.

Working along the shore area means having to insert vertical pipes to pump out ground water in order to install the main, Eschbach said. “Otherwise, when we dig our trench to put our new pipe in, it’ll immediately fill up with water.”

 

 

 

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