PSE&G Begins Underground Construction in Bayonne as part of Bergen-Linden Corridor Electric Reliability Project

Contact for media:Jaye Cavallo (732-540-5824)

For customers & others:  800 436-7734

(Newark, NJ – January 2016) Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has begun construction in Bayonne as part of the utility’s Bergen-Linden Corridor (BLC) Electric Reliability Project.

Construction of the underground route will begin on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between West Third Street and Juliette Street, with manhole installation at “Z-cuts” – sections of pavement that had been previously excavated and temporarily repaved. PSE&G expects the crew to be at each manhole location for approximately two weeks. Once the manhole structures have been installed, the road surface will be repaired with temporary repaving until the next phase of the project begins later this year.

The crew will work from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM from Monday through Friday. PSE&G will take all necessary steps to minimize the impact on the general traveling public. PSE&G will maintain two-way traffic during construction of the BLC. 

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G and contractor crews use work area protection. Traffic cones and utility work signs will allow the job to be done safely. The utility reminds motorists to slow down when driving through the area.

Mandated by the PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization (RTO) responsible for planning the transmission system in all or parts of 13 states, including New Jersey, the project is designed to replace the existing 138,000-volt (138-kV) transmission system from the Bergen to the Linden generating stations with a double circuit 345,000-volt (345-kV) transmission system. The PJM determined that this new transmission system is necessary to ensure reliable electric service, eliminate anticipated transmission constraints, and respond to PJM/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-mandated infrastructure expansion. The project will eliminate electric system capacity issues in northern New Jersey, providing better power quality in the region.

Residents who wish to receive construction updates by email may submit a request to richard.dwyer@pseg.com. Dwyer will also be available to attend civic association meetings.

For questions about the project, please call PSE&G’s BLC customer service telephone number at 1-800-541-9020 or visit www.pseg.com/blc. A Bayonne specific link is listed under the heading “What's Happening in Your Town.” Weekly updates will also be posted on the “Bayonne Traffic” Facebook page.

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Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population.  PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.  PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).