EDISON, NJ -- Middlesex Water Company said it broke ground yesterday on an underground, large-diameter water transmission main running from Edison to Metuchen.

 The 42-inch diameter main will “provide critical backup water supply and ensure resiliency” said the company in a statement. The $52 million project, called the Western Transmission Main, will supplement Middlesex Water Co.’s existing transmission main. That line serves about 300,000 people in eastern Middlesex County, said Middlesex Water. It said the new mail will also help alleviate risks from with aging equipment.

“We’re commencing construction of this supplementary transmission main along the western portion of our New Jersey service territory to harden our infrastructure and ensure an adequate back-up water supply to meet daily basic needs,” said Middlesex Water CEO and President Dennis Doll. “The Western Transmission Main is one of several projects under our $300 million investment initiative known as Water For Tomorrow designed to strengthen water distribution infrastructure and ensure greater reliability, safety and service quality for current and future generations of water users.”

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4.5 miles of ductile iron pipe will be installed from Jersey Avenue in Metuchen to Cedar Lane in Edison, according to the company, which held a groundbreaking ceremony at its Carl J. Olsen Water Treatment Plant in Edison to announce the project. 

The event was attended by a number of officials and business people.

"I commend Middlesex Water for its commitment and hard work towards the BPU’s shared goals of resiliency and sustainability for our natural resources and the commitment to a better tomorrow," said state Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso at the groundbreaking, according to Middlesex Water.

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios said the company’s investments “lead to increased economic growth and productivity for our county and its businesses, increased land values and most importantly improved public and environmental health.”

The Western Transmission Main project will affect the following streets for a portion of time as pipeline installation progresses.

 In Edison:

•          Cedar Lane

•          Kilmer Road

•          Brunswick Avenue

•          Talmadge Road

•          National Road

•          New Durham Road

•          Durham Avenue

 In Metuchen:

•          Durham Avenue

•          Jersey Avenue

The company said it is working with two contractors, J. Fletcher Creamer, for work in Metuchen and parts of Edison north of Route 287, and PACT One, LLC for work in Edison south of Route 287.

It said residents who will be significantly affected will receive individual notifications with more details.

“Information related to construction status, road closures, traffic detours and more will be available on the project website at www.WaterForTomorrowMWC.com,” said the company   Residents with questions or comments may submit them on the project website or call 800-549-3802.

The company and its engineers and contractors “have been meeting with officials along the project route to discuss construction timelines, resident information, road closures, potential detours and ways to minimize inconvenience to residents during this project,” it said. “The entire installation, including complete restoration of areas disturbed by construction is expected to be completed by 2020.”