SEA BRIGHT: A large-scale water main replacement project is underway in the borough and Rumson.
New Jersey American Water and J.F. Kiely Construction are working together on the $2.5 million project to install new water mains within Rumson and under the Shrewsbury River in Rumson and Sea Bright. The project includes the installation of approximately 1,950 feet of 16-inch high-density polyethylene pipe, which will lay about 47 feet under the bottom of the river.
The project began in late March and many residents will probably have noticed a staging area that was set up in the parking lot of Chapel Beach Club.
New Jersey American Water says the new main will replaced an "aging prestressed concrete cylinder water main" originally installed in the 1950s, which has a higher likelihood of failing due to its age and condition. As required by both boroughs, the project is also being coordinated with a new gas distribution main project with New Jersey Natural Gas.
Mayor Dina Long said the project will help improve the sustainability of Sea Bright.
"While we hope to never again experience another massive storm like Hurricane Sandy, we are all committed to doing everything we can to safeguard our communities from severe damage and loss of utility service should something like this happen again," Long said in a press release. "That's what this project is about - helping our residents weather the next storm and keeping our homes and communities sustainable now and in the future."
The project runs along Rumson Road from Waterman Avenue in Rumson to Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright. In addition, 600 feet of main along portions of Lincoln, Packer and Washington Avenues in Rumson will also be replaced.
Construction is expected last about six weeks as construction will last go on Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. New Jersey American Water says all work should be completed by April 21.
There is minimal disruption to traffic, with a small impact for two weeks on Rumson Road, during which time there will be a detour route set up.