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Bridgewater Working with Water Company for Roadwork on Woodfield Road

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the water company currently doing work on the road, the township has struck a deal to have roadwork done on the Woodfield Road northern cul-de-sac and the western half of Merriam Drive.

The contract was given to DeSantis Construction Inc., and will cost $124,222.52, funded from the 2010 capital project. The work includes milling and pavement overlay of Merriam Drive from Vosseller Avenue to about 1,000 feet west of Woodfield Road, as well as Woodfield Road for about 350 feet, including the northerly cul-de-sac.

According to township administrator James Naples, the water company is currently doing work in that area, and had ripped up part of Woodfield Road, but not the upper half. In addition, he said, they dug trenches along Merriam Drive, and the township approached the water company about doing base repairs and having the rest done by the company.

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"This probably wouldn't have ranked high, but the work needs to be done," he said. "That part of town has seen significant work done recently, and it is being done mostly on the water company's dime."

Naples said they are looking into whether the water company is planning work in any other areas of the township, where they can discuss the potential for roadwork.

In line with this, councilman Matthew Moench questioned whether the township has anything in place about utility companies doing work along roads that have been repaved within the last five years.

"There have been issues where township do work to repave streets, and then utility companies come in to do work and rip up the streets that were just done," he said. "Do we have something in place to protect against this?"

Naples said the township does notify utility companies when they are doing roadwork.

"We could deny them a road opening permit," he said.

The Woodfield Road and Merriam Drive work is expected to be done by the end of November.

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