CAMDEN, N.J. – New Jersey American Water will replace approximately three miles of aging water main in Monmouth County starting this month. The company will upgrade the aging 18-inch cast iron water lines that were installed in the 1900s with new 16-inch ductile iron main along River Road from Harrison Avenue in Red Bank through Fair Haven to Bingham Avenue in Rumson. The project also includes replacing 25 fire hydrants and 250 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route.
“We are pleased to replace nearly three miles of aging main in Fair Haven, Red Bank and Rumson in collaboration with Fair Haven and Rumson’s street scaping improvement projects,” stated Joseph Meyer, senior manager of Field Operations. “Replacing these water mains will improve the delivery of water service to our customers and will strengthen our system for the future.”
This $5.8 million investment will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in these communities. This improvement is part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached or is nearing the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state.
New Jersey American Water’s local, qualified contractor, CRJ Contracting, Inc., will begin work on or about August 23 and expects to be completed by mid-December, weather permitting. There will be two crews working, starting at either end of the project limits and working towards the middle. Work hours in the towns are as follows:
- Fair Haven:
- Between Hance Road and Buena Vista Avenue: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning to alleviate traffic restrictions
- Between Hance Road and Lake Avenue: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Rumson: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Red Bank: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
“We are coordinating this project with Monmouth County so we can upgrade this important section of water main in our system prior to the scheduled paving of this roadway in 2022,” stated Meyer.
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For the public’s and workers’ safety, 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. Detour information will be provided on the company’s Alerts page and updated weekly. Businesses along the project route will remain open during construction. New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.
The company asks customers to recognize the essential work being done by its employees and contractors and remind them to adhere to social distancing rules for everyone’s safety. If a customer sees a crew performing work in their area, and wishes to ask a question about it, they may call Customer Service at (800) 272-1325 or email the local operations team at [email protected]. Customers are also encouraged to visit the Alerts page on the website or the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages for weekly updates.
About New Jersey American Water
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.