CHATHAM, NJ - A five-week disruption to the traffic flow on Lafayette Avenue is coming next month it was announced by Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz on Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

NJ American Water Company will be replacing the water main on Lafayette Avenue from Southern Boulevard to the Watchung Avenue/Shunpike Road intersection.

Swarttz explained that NJ American had been put off from replacing the water main five years ago by the township committee, but that there was no stopping the project now.

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Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz nnounces the five-week water main project planned by NJ Water American Co.

The plan is to mitigate the obvious traffic problems that will be caused by NJ American when it tears up 5,000 feet of road on Lafayette Avenue to replace the old six-inch water main with a 12-inch pipe. In that vein, the proposed plan is to complete the work in front of Lafayette School and Chatham High School during the district's "Winter Break," which starts on Feb. 17 and runs through Feb. 24.
"The main thrust is to get the area done immediately in front of the Lafayette Avenue campus and Chatham High School,"  Swartz said.

NJ American figures it can replace 200 feet of road per day and can complete the project in five weeks. Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, pointed out that during school days the work would be done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and that one lane of the road would always remain open.

Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, gives details on how the Lafayette water main project will tackled by NJ American Water Co.