CARTERET — Carteret has awarded a $2.2 million capital improvement contract to Cruz Contracting to complete sanitary sewer line upgrades, Mayor Dan Reiman announced this week. The construction will employ the use of a sophisticated microtunneling boring machine (MTBM) and technology to install a new 51” diameter steel casing pipe across the New Jersey Turnpike. A 30” diameter sanitary sewage pipeline will then be installed within the casing pipe to provide a new interceptor sewer to serve all users in West Carteret.
The project was previously funded through a zero interest loan provided through the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s environmental infrastructure trust fund (EIT). The NJDEP EIT Program provides funding for various sanitary sewer, potable water, and stormwater improvements projects throughout the state. This project marks the first time the Borough has participated in the program.
The proposed sanitary sewer upgrade to provide a new interceptor sewer to serve West Carteret and will allow the borough to retire the existing 24-inch sanitary sewer line which is believed to have been constructed at the same time as the Turnpike, during the 1950s, and is the only link to the Central Carteret sanitary sewer system. The new interceptor sewer will ensure long-term reliable service through a critical link in the borough’s sewer system and serve West Carteret residents for many years.
The project provides many challenges to the borough’s project team of engineers and environmental scientists, and the contractor including construction of the new pipelines across active Conrail rail lines, Colonial Pipeline & Buckeye Pipeline regional petroleum supply lines, PSE&G facilities as well as the north and south bound lanes of the NJ Turnpike.
Plans include the construction of approximately 750 feet of a new parallel 30-inch sewer line and associated manholes and diversion structures to replace the existing line. The old existing line will remain in place to serve as a much needed and NJDEP supported backup line, and will be cleaned and repaired as necessary during the project work.
“This project is a necessary part of our capital plan to upgrade our sanitary sewer system throughout the borough,” Reiman said.
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