BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- New Jersey American Water began replacing approximately 5,700 feet of aging 8-inch water main in Bernardsville last week. The project also includes replacing five fire hydrants and 30 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company is upgrading the aging water lines, installed as far back as the 1960s, with new, 16-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:

Locust Drive from Oak Ridge Road to Seney Drive Extension
Seney Drive Extension from Oak Ridge Road to Seney Drive
Seney Drive from Seney Drive Extension to Chestnut Avenue
Chestnut Avenue from Seney Drive to Mendham Road
Mendham Road from Chestnut Avenue to Tower Mountain Drive

This $2.2 million project is intended to increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection.

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Work began on May 22 and with August being targeted as the month the project should be completed, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work outside these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed in the fall.

For the public’s and workers’ safety, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns are likely to occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction. New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.