MONCTON, N.B. -  The City of Moncton has decided to replace the aging sewer system on Essex Street, at a cost of almost $600,000.

Monarch Construction has been awarded the tender for the sewer, which dates back to 1920.

Councillor Pierre Boudreau says replacing infrastructure is one of the city’s main priorities.

“I’ve often said the rest is just fluff.  It’s great if we can afford it, but we have to take care of the essentials.”

The entire Essex Street sewer system from High Street to Lockhart Avenue will be replaced after a portion of it collapsed in late May.