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Hoboken continues water main replacements

Hoboken's water main replacement project began again on June 15 after it was stalled momentarily due to COVID-19.
Hoboken's water main replacement project began again on June 15 after it was stalled momentarily due to COVID-19.

Hoboken continues with the first phase of its water main replacement project, which will replace 15 blocks, or 7,035 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains.

There are more than 41 miles of water mains in Hoboken. The majority of pipes range in age from 100 years and older, to as new as this year.

Hoboken has long suffered from water main breaks and flooding due in part to the age of the water mains.

Pressure fluctuations, vibrations, and seasonal changes in temperature, which often cause the cast-iron pipes to become brittle, can cause breaks.

Upgrades include new water mains, service lines to the curb box, curb to curb resurfacing, green infrastructure, and complete street design with safety improvements related to the city’s Vision Zero initiative.

Construction began in September 2019, but was paused in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of April, more than 4,515 linear feet of new water mains have been installed, and 150 service lines were replaced as part of Phase I of the project.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Construction resumed on June 15. The first phase is scheduled to be completed by September.

Bloomfield Street between Second and Fourth streets will be closed until June 17 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for installation of a new water main and for pressure testing and sampling of the water main comprising roughly 1,000 linear feet.

Garden Street between 12th and 14th streets will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from June 16 until June 19 for installation of a new water main comprising approximately 810 linear feet.

Still to come this summer will be approximately 2,350 linear feat of water main replacements and upgrades on Monroe Street between Third and Fourth streets and between Eighth and 11th streets.

Milling and paving of the eight street segments where water main installation occurs will also take place this summer following the remaining installations.

Paving for all eight segments will take approximately two to three weeks at the pace of one block per day followed by traffic striping, according to the city.

The construction of the water mains uses low interest and interest free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and does not use funding from the yet to be introduced 2020 municipal budget, according to the city.

Last July, the city entered into a new contract with the city’s water management provider, SUEZ, that aimed to facilitate upgrades.

Under this 15-year contract, the city receives $33 million in revenue to make system-wide infrastructure upgrades through 2034, with an average of $2.2 million in water investments per year. This $2.2 million is more than six times the amount of the previous contract, which provided only $350,000 per year in upgrades and repairs.

The project does not include replacement of private service lines from the curb box to buildings, so property owners who still have older lead water lines are advised to replace the service line to their properties with copper pipe or other approved material.

Property owners who replace their service lines are instructed to contact SUEZ Water at 844-341-5323 (LEAD) or visit the Suez website for more information.

More information about the water infrastructure upgrades project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/drinking-water-infrastructure-upgrades-phase-1

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