NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Remsen Avenue may not be recognizable even to its own residents as the city embarks on a massive sewer repair project between George and Sandford Streets.
Nearly a dozen of pieces of heavy machinery remain parked up and down the corridor, even during nights and weekends, when work is not being done.
Each day, contractors dig up a little more of the road and the sewer below. Truckloads of dirt and rocks from the project are then dumped at the city's Department of Public Works on Jersey Avenue.
Business Administrator Tom Loughlin says the contractor will be responsible for removing the dirt as the project progresses.
Even more amazing are the enormous component parts of the new sewer lines being installed. Produced by Oldcastle, the largest manufacturer of building products, the pieces of the new sewer sit occupying on-street parking spaces before they are eventually installed beneath the surface.
Old Bridge-based CME Associates is the consulting engineer on the $4.6 million project. As we reported in April, CME donated extensively to a group of questionable political organizations connected to powerful local and state-level elected officials.
Carbro Construction, based in Hillsborough, is the contractor on the project.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.