100-year-old Water Main Pipes Are Being Replaced on Amboy Ave.

Construction crews are moving pretty fast; this may mean fewer main breaks in Woodbridge.

All the digging in front of the past few days will be good news for residents in Woodbridge and other towns.

That's becaause is replacing water mains that have had a tendency in recent times to burst and disrupt water output.

Some of the old pipes, which date back to 1907, have been due for an overhaul

"We are replacing the water main that's in that area," confirmed Bernadette Sohler, a vice president for Middlesex Water Company which supplies the township's water.

Sohler said that they have had repeated breaks on that main. Some of the 16 inch pipes in Woodbridge are over a century old, she said.

In February, a water main across Amboy Avenue from where the current main is being replaced burst, causing and for homeowners. The high school closed for the day as the water gushed out of a break in the roadway.

The alert affected residents of Fords, Avenel, and Woodbridge Proper as well as the Clara Barton section of Edison.

"Breaks have happened over the past couple of years," Sohler said. "Our engineering studies show that this is the best thing to do to prevent future breaks."

Katora June 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Would be even smarter if they waited until school was out for the summer.
Sara June 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Yes! I would gladly chance another break and be without water just so someone else isn't inconvenienced by a temporary traffic issue getting their kid to school.


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