FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - "We are in the process of excavating the newly relocated main installed by the NJDOT contractor now," Township Robert Vornlocker told TAPinto via email. "Once exposed, we will be pressurizing the main and looking for and fixing the leaks.  We are hopeful to complete the repairs tonight.  Once the main holds pressure, we will be taking a bacteria sample with anticipation on lifting the existing precautionary boil water advisory early next week."

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As the township begins work on a Route 27 water main relining project Monday, residents that use the road between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. might want to find another route.

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According to the township, work is set to begin Monday night on relining the water main along Route 27 between Promenade Boulevard and Route 518, causing Route 27 to be closed to thru traffic possibly until the end of the year.

Dewcon Inc., of Basking Ridge, won the $5.5 million project bid from the Township Council in May, taking action on a project that has been in the planning stages since 2011, according to officials.

Dewcon, which according to officials, has done other work for the town, was the successful bidder for the project, coming in at $5,585,110.

Related article: Township Council Approves $5.5 Million Route 27 Water Main Relining Project

Route 27 will be closed in both directions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the work, allowing only emergency vehicles and local traffic to get through, detouring the remaining traffic, according to officials.

Officials estimate the work should be completed by the end of the year, but that depends on what they find in the system once construction starts.

The project will re-line the water main along Route 27 between Princeton Highlands Boulevard and Jones Drive, according to the bid report by Mott MacDonald Engineer Robert E. Wells.

According to the specifications of the bid, around 14,000 linear feet of pipe will be relined, a process similar to putting a stent in an artery, using fire hydrants as access points to the line.

The work is being done during the night so the impact to Route 27 traffic is minimal, officials said.

Officials also said that traffic patterns could change as the work progresses, possibly closing only one lane of Route 27.

Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through this area and should find an alternative route if they use the road at night, officials said.

Neighboring South Brunswick Township, who shares Route 27 along that stretch was notified of the planned construction, officials said.

The project replaces aging infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water to the southern part of the township, officials said.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to:

Rishi Gupta
Mott MacDonald On-Site Inspector

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