Pipework Planned for Barnegat Township Dock Area

Jul 12, 2017

Later this month, Barnegat Township is looking to go out to bid for repairs to drainage pipes located underneath the public dock and boat ramp on East Bay Avenue. The project is necessary before officials can repave the facility’s parking area, which they are considering doing in the off-season.

Township Engineer John Hess said several 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,” he said.

Hess 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,” he said.

Hess said costs for the pipe work could run between $100,000 and $150,000.

“We’ll probably award the contract in August and then begin the work after Labor Day,” he said.

Township Administrator Martin Lisella estimated resurfacing costs at between $600,000 and $700,000.

“But we can’t repave only to have to open it up again to repair pipes,” he said.

Mayor Albert Bille added, “We’ve had discussions about repaving the parking area. It’s something that needs to be done because we’ve made so many improvements to the area. We’ll see how the costs go for the pipes first. Once that’s done, then we’ll make a decision on repaving.”

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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