townwide in $3.2M project
By jennifer dome
SOUTH RIVER — Officials are planning to embark on an ambitious plan to re-line and replace underground water pipes in the borough, Mayor Robert Szegeti said this week.
The Borough Council awarded a $3.2 million contract to Star of the Sea Concrete Corp. of Old Bridge for the water system reconstruction, which should begin within the next couple of months, Szegeti said.
The project will cover about one-third of the borough in areas along the southern and eastern borders. Included in the improvements is the installation of 27,500 linear feet of new cement-lined ductile iron pipe, the installation or replacement of more than 230 water valves, and the installation or replacement of 72 fire hydrants, according to information provided by the borough’s engineer, Bruce Koch of CME Associates.
Star of the Sea Concrete Corp. will begin relining or replacing the water pipes by digging up the county roads first and then moving on to the borough-owned streets, the mayor said.
The county has plans to repave Main Street and Whitehead Avenue from Jackson Street to the end, he said. Therefore, the water pipe improvements will have to take place there first so the roads do not have to be torn up again.
While the improvements may pose some inconveniences for borough residents while the streets are dug up, the work is desperately needed since some water pipes in the borough are almost 100 years old, Szegeti said.
"The fortunate part is that the work is being done," he said.
It took the borough approximately four years to secure all the permits needed from the county and state before the project could begin, he said.
The $3.2 million to fund the project was secured several years ago through a state Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program, a low-interest state-issued bond, Szegeti said.