This $8 million-dollar, multi-step project, began in April 2020 and was ultimately completed in February 2022. It was funded through a low-interest loan provided by the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank).
The plan to replace the pipeline was underway, when in April 2020, a leak was detected that spurred the project to begin sooner than expected. In response to the leak, ACUA hired an emergency outside contractor to install a temporary bypass system to contain the leak while the replacement project was set to begin.
After further exploration, it was determined that grit (small stones, rocks and sand) caused the premature erosion of the steel pipeline. More frequent and more intense storms are increasing the prevalence of grit in the sewer system. The new HDPE pipeline will better withstand these conditions.
The replacement was completed in two parts. Phase 1A replaced 2,100 ft. of pipeline along Bader Field in Atlantic City. Phase 1B replaced 2,200 ft. of pipeline that stretches below the Atlantic City Expressway, the New Jersey Transit line and Beach Thorofare.
The underwater replacement was completed using a directional bore, creating a hole underground that the new pipeline was later pulled through. This modern technology minimizes disturbance to water activities and marine life. Watch the video below to learn about the process:
The infrastructure project was completed in partnership with contractors Arthur R. Henry, Inc. (Phase 1A) and Abbonizio Contractors, Inc. (Phase 1B).