Brookside Water Main Project Good to Go, Cedars' Streets on Hold
Caldwell short of funds after BIDs come in higher than estimates.
Plans to replace five water main lines in Caldwell are partially stalled after BIDs came in way higher than the borough’s estimates.
While the water main along Brookside Avenue will be replaced starting later this month, the borough is short funds to update pipes under four nearby roads, according to borough officials.
The Brookside project is expected to start on Monday, Feb. 18 and should be completed within 60 days of the start date, Councilman John Coyle, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, said at Tuesday's Caldwell Council meeting.
The borough authorized $975,000 for water main improvements for Brookside Avenue, Borough Administrator Paul Carelli said, as well as Gould Place, Knollwood Terrace, Cedars Road and Overlook Road.
"The work on Brookside Avenue went out to bid and was awarded to Matina and Sons for $566,000, which was higher than we expected," Carelli said.
The council is now considering which roads could be done with the remaining funds before seeking additional funding.
The goal of the project is to replace aging pipes with new, wider ones that would support greater water pressure.
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