Pipe System Under Barnegat’s Dock Area to Be Repaired

Aug 09, 2017

The Barnegat Township Committee has awarded a $35,340 contract to En-Tech for relining the storm pipes located underneath the municipal dock. The Closter-based company is expected to begin work after Labor Day weekend.

At the Aug. 1 township committee meeting, Township Engineer John Hess said the project is necessary before officials can repave the facility’s parking area, which they have discussed doing in the off-season. He said the current pipes are made of corrugated metal, which can deteriorate due to exposure to salt water.

“Public works has been down there a few times to fix the pipes, but they’re going to have to be replaced,” he said.

Hess said the pipes would be relined using an “inversion tube.”

“It’s a method where you’re putting a new pipe inside the old one, rather than dismantling the existing pipes,” he said. “One of the pipes runs underneath the band stage, where the free summer concerts are held. We don’t want to dig up that whole area, which was rebuilt and expanded after Superstorm Sandy. Relining the existing pipes is a quicker process.”

Mayor Albert Bille said the committee has not yet decided about resurfacing the ground-stone parking area. Township Administrator Martin Lisella estimated resurfacing costs at between $600,000 and $700,000.

“We haven’t decided if we should repave the whole lot or maybe a portion of it,” said Bille. “We also keep an eye on the costs, so we’re not ready to make any decision yet.” —E.E.

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