HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The City of Hoboken begins Phase 1 of its water main upgrade, a project expected to take eight months to complete.

In all, 15 blocks worth of water mains will be replaced.

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Construction begins Monday on Monroe Street between Eighth and 11th streets.

The upgrades come after years of water main breaks have caused flooding and damage on Hoboken streets.

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There were a total of 17 breaks over a stretch of 65 days last summer. Some flooded basements and even a PATH station.

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More than 7,000 feet of old service lines will be replaced.

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The project will also include repaved streets and Vision Zero safety improvements such as high-visibility crosswalks and enhanced bicycle lanes.