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Update: Pipeline Repair Closes Madison Ave. Beginning Feb. 25

A section of piping will be repaired following the summer water main break.


Update Feb. 25

During the week of Feb. 25, Madison Ave. between Martine Ave. and Russell Road will be closed while NJ American Water continues pipeline repairs.

The road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., but one lane will be open to traffic between 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m, according to Fanwood Police.

A message sent out by the Borough of Fanwood stated that the schedule should allow for a safe school drop-off routine.


Update Feb. 18

The ongoing pipeline repair will continue on Kate Street between Carol Place and Dead End beginning on Feb. 19 and ending on Feb. 22, weather permitting. Following the repairs crews will begin road restoration on Feb. 22, according to NJ American Water.

As Patch previously reported, paving will be completed in the Spring. The repairs should not impact water service, however if you do see a discoloration in water just let the water run until it clears up.

Update Feb. 11

On Feb. 11, NJ American Water will be repairing a section of pipeline on Carol Place between Cedar Street and Monica Place. The duration of this work should continue until Feb. 15, depending on the weather.  

Construction will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., during this time Carol Place will be closed to traffic.  

According to NJ American Water, paving will be completed this Spring. Additionally, the repairs should not impact water service, however if you do see a discoloration in water just let the water run until it clears up.


Update Feb. 4

On Feb. 4, NJ American Water will begin pipeline repairs at Midway and Farley Avenues. These repairs will cause slight changes in traffic patterns, but for the most part traffic will remain open, according to the Borough of Fanwood's website. The repairs on this section should be completed on Feb. 8, weather permitting. The Borough's website also stated that resident should not experience any changes in their water service.

Update Jan. 28

Beginning on Jan. 28 another section of piping will be replaced on Willow Avenue at Midway Avenue.

The replacement of a section of 16 foot piping should continue through Feb. 1, weather permitting. Willow Avenue will be closed to through traffic during that period of time from Midway to Madison Avenue, according to Borough of Fanwood's website. 

Police officers will be on scene to direct traffic. 


Original Story

Following the water main break that occurred this summer, New Jersey American Water will work to repair a portion of pipe near Portland Avenue beginning on Jan. 22.

According to a press release from NJ American Water, the work should be completed by the weekend(weather permitting).

Township Manager Henry Underhill announced during his manager’s report at the Jan. 15 council meeting that upon further investigation of the pipeline, NJ American Water realized a 16-foot section of the pipe was substandard and in need of repair.

"The Prestressed Cement Cylinder Pipe, which was installed in the 1970s, is similar and adjacent to a pipe segment that ruptured last July," the release stated. 

Crews will be excavating Portland Avenue to remove that pipe and replace it with a new ductile iron.

Crews will be working 24 hours a day, for five days on the affected area of piping. Portland Avenue will be closed from Watchung View Place to Church Avenue during the repairs.

Both Underhill and New Jersey American Water stated that fliers have been distributed to individual homes and reverse 911 calls will be made to residents in the impacted area.

He added that phone numbers will be provide on the township website for those who want to reach out to NJ American Water with any questions or concerns.

Mayor Kevin Glover added that if you are unable to reach someone at NJ American Water, they are encouraged to call the municipal building or manager’s office.

“We will do our best to assist you on that front,” he said.

Check back with scotchplains.patch.com or the township website for when the work will begin.

Underhill also informed the public that debris and leaf pickup has been completed throughout Scotch Plains. As of now, Public Works crews are only traveling through town to pickup the remainder of Christmas trees.

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