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Stalled Sea Bright Water Main Replacement Project Set To Resume

SEA BRIGHT: The ongoing water main replacement project by New Jersey American Water (NJAW) in the borough is set to resume after a long pause in the work.

Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the first phase of the project is complete, but a problem caused the project, which involves the replacement of "substandard" water mains along Ocean Avenue and some side streets, to stall.

"Three water mains are being replaced into one, so the new 16-inch water main on the east side of Route 36 has been in place, that portion of the project is completed," Verruni said at the June 16 Sea Bright Council meeting. "However, they've had problems with the pipe and they needed to order saddles to put the services in place for all of the businesses and residents."

The saddles have been ordered but now NJAW is asking to place them on Route 36 at night from Center Street to the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, and then work during the day on the side streets. The night paving would take place 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday-Thursday and would not interfere with any businesses that are still open at night.

Verruni said that working the day has slowed the project as the traffic has increased over the last two months and that the project could be completed in the next 30 days if the work was allowed at night. He added that two lanes of Route 36 would remain open during the construction period.

The Sea Bright Council agreed to allow the night work but requested that the daytime work on the side streets not begin until 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. as originally proposed by NJAW. The daytime work would also be conducted on Monday-Thursday and last until about 5 p.m.

The council also asked that all affected residents be notified of the work.

The water main project also caused the New Jersey Department of Transportation to delay its striping plan for Route 36 which included a bike lane and back-in, angled parking. That project will likely not begin until 2016.

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