Ocean Avenue water-main replacement begins next week

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Borough officials have announced that the long-anticipated Ocean Avenue water-main replacement project is scheduled to begin on or about next Wednesday, Sept. 15.

“The project will consist of replacing approximately 9,700 linear feet of 6-inch-diameter cast-iron water mains with 8-inch-diameter class-52 ductile-iron pipe,” Borough Administrator Christine Riehl told The Ocean Star.

“The extent of replacement will be from the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Broadway, south on Ocean to the intersection of Ocean and Sea Avenue. Additionally, approximately 10 fire hydrants and 45 8-inch diameter gate valves will be replaced, and 175 connections will be reconnected along Ocean Avenue.”

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According to an announcement on the borough’s website, construction of the project costs an estimated $2,240,412, which is being financed by the New Jersey Water Bank, a State Revolving Fund program jointly administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [NJDEP] and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank. It uses a combination of funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the NJDEP, and the Infrastructure Bank to provide very low-interest loans to borrowers for environmental infrastructure projects.

“The purpose of the project is to replace an undersized water main to meet NJDEP standards, and residential site improvement standards,” Ms. Riehl said. 

“The replacement of the main is to avoid having to complete emergency repairs on breaks due to the age of the existing pipe [as] the existing main was installed approximately in 1924, and to prevent water-quality issues. The project will have a long-term positive impact on the local environment and the residents’ quality of life. The project was recommended in our Asset Management Plan from 2019.”

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