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The Overpeck Valley Relief Sewer

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The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) was mandated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to design and construct a new 8.5 kilometer (5.28 mile) relief sewer that extended through five (5) municipalities in northern New Jersey.

The purpose of this pipeline was to eliminate combined sewer overflows into Overpeck Creek a tributary to the Hackensack River. These overflows occurred several times per year during wet weather events. The project also produced several ancillary environmental enhancements to the Bergen County Parks system including the preservation of 31 acres of open space and landscape improvements.

This paper describes the design, permitting and construction challenges of the unique Overpeck Valley Relief Sewer.

Keywords: CSO; Caissons; Interconnections; Large Diameter Pipe; Microtunneling; Subaqueous Pipe

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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