NJ American Water investing $2.3 million in South Plainfield, Cherry Hill

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New Jersey American Water is undergoing two major water main projects — one in South Plainfield that started this week and the other in Cherry Hill beginning next week — according to June 23 announcements.

In both locations, the company will upgrade the aging 6-inch and 8-inch cast-iron water lines that were installed in the 1920s with new 8-inch ductile iron main.

The upgrades are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar water infrastructure initiative aimed at improving service and increasing water flows for residents and fire protection for more than 100 Garden State communities. – PEXELS

The $900,000 South Plainfield investment and the $1.4 million investment in the Cherry Hill area are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar water infrastructure initiative aimed at improving service and increasing water flows for residents and fire protection for more than 100 Garden State communities. In 2021, the company invested more than $432 million in system upgrades and improvement projects.

Project timelines are subject to change, so customers may sign up for alerts through their MyWater account and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Drivers should also expect traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns during work hours.

South Plainfield details

The company is replacing about 2,500 feet of aging water main along the following streets:

  • Melrose Avenue from Grant Avenue to Baker Avenue
  • Baker Avenue from Melrose Avenue to O’Donohue Avenue
  • Ivy Street from Clinton Avenue to the dead end

The project also includes replacing three fire hydrants, 48 utility-owned service lines as well as any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized as part of a statewide initiative to remove all such service lines by 2031.

Local contractor The Shauger Group began work this week and expects to be completed within four months, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final street restorations will be completed in fall of 2023.

Cherry Hill details

The water utility will replace approximately 7,000 feet of aging water main starting next week along the following streets:

  • Eaton Way from Walt Whitman Boulevard to Longfellow Drive
  • Hillside Drive from Walt Whitman Boulevard to Longfellow Drive
  • Keats Place from Walt Whitman Boulevard to Longfellow Drive
  • Kipling Road from Walt Whitman Boulevard to Longfellow Drive
  • Longfellow Drive from Walt Whitman Boulevard to Hillside Drive
  • Walt Whitman Boulevard from Longfellow Drive to Dumas Road

The project also includes replacing three fire hydrants, 128 utility-owned service lines and, like South Plainfield, any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized.

Local contractor Pioneer Pipe Contractors Inc. expects work to be completed within four months, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final street restorations will be completed in the spring of 2023.