BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A construction crew from EUC Corporation made quite an unexpected discovery when they found a vehicle buried in the ground at the new Municipal Complex site in Berkeley Heights.
EUC was preparing the site for paving on Monday when their heavy equipment went over an area that felt uneven. They dug to make sure there wasn't anything problematic and found the vehicle that appears to be an old truck from the 1960s. "They stopped when they hit water," said Charlie Pratt, a neighbor on Park Avenue whose property backs to the town property. "When I moved here in 1983, there were all junk cars along the back of the property," said Pratt.
The water needs to be pumped out of the hole. Once the area is cleaned up, Langan Engineering will take samples to determine if there are contaminants in the ground and results will be sent to the DEP. Langan and the DEP will then determine what, if anything, needs to be done to remediate.
"This is a testament to the many challenges that have faced this project, particularly when it comes to the soils," said Mayor Angie Devanney. "Just when you thought you're in the clear, something else happens. Our hope is that the testing company can determine soon if there are contaminants in the ground and, if not, get the paving schedule for this parking lot back on track."
A more complete report will be published when more information is available.