Date: August 20, 2021

River Road, Monmouth County Main Replacement Project

 

Weekly updates will be posted here on Fridays for the duration of the project. Should you have any questions, please contact our local team: RiverRoadProject@amwater.com

UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 15:

The map below shows detour routes beginning on Monday, October 18, 2021. There are now three crews working, two working overnight in Fair Haven and one during the day in Rumson. There will continue to be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below.

Work in Fair Haven for this week will include water main installation between Smith Street and Buena Vista Avenue. One crew will be working from Smith Street heading east and the second crew will begin at Buena Vista Avenue heading west. This work will be completed during night hours of 6pm to 6am. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

The third crew will begin in Rumson between Bingham Avenue and 1st Street performing side street tie-ins and services. This work will have limited roadway closures that will move throughout the day. This will be done during normal daytime hours.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 8:

The map below shows detour routes beginning on Monday, October 11, 2021. There will continue to be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below. 

Work in Fair Haven for this week will include water main installation between Hance Rd and Locust Avenue. Work will be completed during night hours of 6pm to 6am. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Water main installation will also continue in Rumson between Buena Vista and Popomora Drive. This will be done during normal daytime hours.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 1:

This map shows detour routes beginning on Monday, October 4, 2021. There will continue to be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below. PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF CONSTRUCTION TIME FOR WORK IN FAIR HAVEN.

Work in Fair Haven for this week will include watermain installation between Hance Rd and Cedar Avenue. Work will be completed during night hours of 6pm to 6am. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Watermain installation will also continue in Rumson between Buena Vista and Popomora Drive on Monday and Tuesday and then between 1st and Lafayette Street the remainder of the week. This will be done during normal daytime hours.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 27:

The map below shows detour routes beginning on Monday, September 27, 2021. There will continue to be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below.

Work in Fair Haven for this week will include installation of hydrants and side street tie-ins. This will result in a moving construction zone between Harrison Avenue in Red Bank and Hance Road. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Water main installation will also continue in Rumson between Buena Vista and Bellevue Avenue.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 17:

The map below shows detour routes beginning on Monday, September 20, 2021. There will continue to be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below.

Water main installation will continue between Chestnut Street and Lexington Avenue in Fair Haven with a moving construction zone. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Water main installation will also continue in Rumson between 3rd Street and Bellevue Avenue. Pending approval from Monmouth County there may also be work in front of Brennan’s as we complete the water crossing installation.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 10:

This week's detour routes are outlined below in the updated map. These detours will begin on Monday September 13, 2021. There will be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below.

Water main installation will continue between Harrison Avenue in Red Bank and Tyson Avenue in Fair Haven with a moving construction zone. If there are no additional delays, this work may extend to Grange Avenue. The roadway will be closed to traffic within the work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Water main installation will also continue in Rumson between Washington Avenue and Bingham Avenue. Once work is complete in the intersection of Bingham Avenue and River Road, this crew will move to Third Street and continue west toward Sugar Maple Lane.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 3:

The map below shows the detour routes beginning Tuesday September 7, 2021. There will be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below.

Between Harrison Avenue and Tyson Avenue there will be a moving construction zone on Tuesday and water main work to begin on Wednesday. The roadway will be closed to traffic within these work zones and limited access for local traffic.

Water main work will continue between Lafayette Street and Bingham Avenue in Rumson. The roadway will be closed to traffic within these work zones and limited access for local traffic.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 27:

The map below shows the detour routes beginning Monday August 30, 2021. There will be two separate work zones with two separate crews performing work concurrently as described below. To accommodate the Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair, work in Fair Haven will be done during daytime hours only and will end at 5pm for the week of August 30 thru September 2 only. No work will be done on Friday September 3rd.

Between Harrison Avenue and Bellevue Avenue there will be a moving construction zone with alternating traffic as contractor crews complete test pits along the construction route. Weather permitting, there may be partial closures on Thursday September 3rd between Harrison Avenue and Hance Road and this area will be limited to local traffic only.

Only local traffic will be permitted between Bellevue and Bingham Avenue in Rumson.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

UPDATE as of August 20, 2021:

The map below shows the detour routes beginning Monday, August 23. The initial work zone will begin at Third Street in Rumson. Only local traffic will be permitted between Bellevue Avenue and Bingham Avenue in Rumson.

Between Harrison Avenue and Hance Road, traffic will continue to be alternating traffic as the contractor crews work to complete test pits along the contruction route. The second crew is antipicated to begin construction in Red Bank / Fair Haven the week of August 30. 

Customers and residents are encouraged to please follow the assigned detour indicated by the red arrows on the map below. 

Work hours in the towns are as follows:

  • Fair Haven:
    • Between Hance Road and Buena Vista Avenue: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning to alleviate traffic restrictions
    • Between Hance Road and Lake Avenue: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Rumson: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Red Bank: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Work Zone Safety

Your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers, our employees and contract crews is important to us! please keep these tips in mind when traveling in or around work zones: 

  • Slow down: Follow posted speed limits. Adjust speed for traffic flows and weather conditions.
  • Give yourself some space: Don't tailgate. Leave at least two seconds of braking room between cars.
  • Stay alert: Be prepared for sudden stops. Keep an eye on flaggers, workers, and equipment.
Just like you, our employees and contractors want to return home safely at the end of each day. Do your part to stay safe when traveling through work zones.

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Updated on Aug. 13, 2021

MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT
New Jersey American Water is preparing to replace almost three miles of aging 18-inch cast iron water main that was installed in the 1900’s with new 16-inch ductile iron main along River Road (from Harrison Avenue in Red Bank through Fair Haven to Bingham Avenue in Rumson). The project also includes replacing 25 fire hydrants and 250 utilityowned service lines along the pipeline route (see reverse for more information about service lines).

We’ll also be installing meter pits at the curb area (in our right of way) of properties where none exist. After installation, all that will be visible is a 15-inch circular cover that will be flush with the ground.

The project represents a critical investment for the company in support of our commitment to provide customers with safe, reliable water service.

PROJECT START/END AND WORK HOURS
Weather permitting, our local, qualified contractor, CRJ Contracting, Inc. will begin work mid-August and expects to be completed by mid-December 2021. Work hours in the towns are as follows:

  • Fair Haven:
    • Between Hance Road and Buena Vista Avenue: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning to alleviate traffic restrictions
    • Between Hance Road and Lake Avenue: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Rumson: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Red Bank: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Final street restorations will be coordinated with Monmouth County’s paving schedule in 2022. Please note: Businesses along project route will remain open during construction.

ACCESS TO THE METER
Once the meter pits are installed, and the entire project is complete, we’ll contact you to set up an appointment to move the meter from inside the property to the meter pit. To perform this work, we’ll need to gain access to the existing water meter located inside your property, so we may relocate it to the new meter pit. There is no cost to you to have this work performed. The relocation of the meter should take approximately 20–30 minutes. Please note: we will NOT schedule moving the meter during this period of social distancing for everyone’s protection.

HOW TO PREPARE
To prepare for the removal of the meter from inside your property, we ask that you clear the area to the water meter for safe and easy access. During the process of the meter relocation the water service will be interrupted for a few minutes.

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Install, disinfect, test and place new main into service. While we interconnect the new main to the distribution system, customers may experience a temporary service interruption. Customers may also experience a slight discoloration of water. If this happens, run the water until it is clear.
  • Replace utility-owned service lines and transfer customers to the new main.
    Once the main is installed, we’ll return to connect customers to the new main. This may involve replacing utility-owned service lines. If we’re replacing the utility-owned service line at your property, typically there is a 30- and 60-minute interruption of service while the contractor connects the new service line. We’ll attempt to notify customers 24 hours in advance. We’ll also notify you on the day the service line is replaced with instructions on how to flush your household plumbing prior to using water. It is important that you read and follow these instructions. If you’re not home, we’ll leave the instructions at your front door. You may want to consider storing a few gallons of water for drinking and cooking during the service line work.
  • Perform final paving and any restoration of concrete, driveway, grass and landscaping.

Our crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of these temporary inconveniences. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this project.

TRAFFIC FLOW AND ACCESSIBILITY
For the public’s and workers’ safety, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns are likely to occur during work hours. New Jersey American Water’s inspector, along with the contractor’s personnel, will provide a minimum of 24 hour’s notice prior to any parking and/or driveway use restrictions. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction.

NOISE
As with any construction project, some noise will be unavoidable with this project. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

SITE MAINTENANCE
The project site will be maintained and cleaned each day before contractors have completed work.

If you would like to read the press release about this project, click here.