It's a good time to plan ahead now if you live, work and/or commute through the downtown Toms River area.

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SUEZ has announced that on Monday September 27 they will be beginning work to replace about 3-miles worth of aging water main and renew about 230 individual services in the downtown Toms River area in an effort to enhance water service and fire protection services.

The project will cost a pretty penny running a bill of approximately $5-million for this water service effort but something SUEZ says it's very important for our future.

“We continue to make ongoing, significant proactive investments in aging infrastructure, which is especially important to the busy downtown area,” Jim Mastrokalos, SUEZ Director of Operations, said in a statement. “We found that some of the oldest water mains, roughly over 60 years old, as well as one dating back to 1918 in the project area, is in need of immediate replacement."

Out with the old and in with the new as the water infrastructure project will replace the current water mains with 6, 8 and 12-inch ductile iron pipes.

We'll see first hand some of the work taking place as part of it will be outside of our studios on Robbins Street here in downtown Toms River.

Aside from Robbins Street, you'll see work done on Washington Street, Hooper Avenue, Hyers Street, Allen Street, Maiden Lane and Brooks Road.

You should prepare now because SUEZ expects work to be done during the day and at night with traffic detours as well as intermittent, temporary parking limitations becoming a reality as well.

Work on the project will begin on Monday and will continue through the end of the year.

SUEZ expects that milling and paving will be done by December with final restoration work getting completed by April of next year.

As work continues, SUEZ said that they will provide "ample notification to customers as the project progresses including when to expect shortterm interruptions of water service and heavy equipment in the area."

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