MAP: NJ American Water to Add Critical Infrastructure in Lakewood

MAP: Last night, Suzanne Chiavarri, VP of Engineering for NJAW, came to the township committee meeting to introduce new senior staff appointed in Lakewood and to share plans for the company’s upcoming investments in critical infrastructure for Lakewood.

A number of items she touched on included over $3M in new pipe to be laid throughout Lakewood, a new water tower to serve the growing area around the “triangle” of Cross-Massachusetts-Prospect and Westgate, new water and sewer service up Cross Street into the now developing “schools zone” and – finally – after many years of moratorium on new sewer along Route 9 south of the hospital, a plan to relieve the blockage on Route 9 by Fall 2014 through the construction of phase II of the Vine-Oak-Route 9 sewer project. Phase I of this project, which will serve the NJ Hand developments and the schools along Oak St. as well as surrounding development, was completed last year.

This highly anticipated project will allow a number of the neglected properties along Route 9 – such as Captain Hook’s, Americana motel and others – to be developed in a responsible manner. Furthermore, the relief of this situation will have other benefits in the ability to limit or even eliminate pump stations from around the area, which were a fix employed in the absence of proper sewer access on Route 9.

“These are major events and speak to the partnership fostered over the past several years between Lakewood and the utility companies serving the township,” says Director of Economic Development and Deputy Municipal Manager Steven Reinman, who has been the key driver of this crucial project. “From the inception of the Infrastructure Planning Group organized under then Mayor Langert in 2010 to the establishment of the LUAC under Mayor Miller and the ongoing cooperation under the current Mayor Akerman-led committee, deeper cooperation and better communication is delivering benefits to Lakewood’s residents and taxpayers in the form of greater utility investment, increased sensitivity to community needs and issues, and the provision of responsible, right-sized infrastructure to serve Lakewood’s future needs.” [TLS]


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There are 10 Comments to "MAP: NJ American Water to Add Critical Infrastructure in Lakewood"

  • your kidding says:

    more developments on route 9 are you serious

  • lkwd goy says:

    I am so glad we are starting to think in Lakewood. We have been building and expanding in this town and not considering the expansion or our infrastructure ! Our water sewer , electric grid , fire police and ems needs are falling way behind what they should for a town with the population of Lakewood. If I am not mistaken they plan on building 22000 homes off of oak street. That’s 60,000 people ! Can our water elect handle that addition ? What about our roads ? The schools ? I can speak from experience the fire services ,police , and ems cannot handle this rapid growth without changes !This is a great start in the right direction! Lets keep thinking

  • ANON says:

    How much is this gonna cost in rate hikes?

  • Anonymous says:

    How much is this going to cost me?

  • My wallet is empty says:

    and already I feel the rate hikes for water and sewer, and my taxes went up also.

  • the professor says:

    can you imagine what lakewood is going to be like in 5 years with all the traffic and congestion?

  • sammy says:

    our experience here on spruce street tells me that there will be serious hell on rt 9 when they dig it up….also the traffic is ridiculous because of all the development….

  • Zvi says:

    Why is this project falling on NJAW when we have our own MUA which delivers water for a much lower rate? Is it a geographic issue?

  • thanks a lot says:

    Gee i really appreciate paying for all this.
    My bill is 300+ a month.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why dont They Build a Subway system in Lakewood, Newark, N.J. has an underground Subway line

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