PSE&G Begins Underground Construction in Ridgefield Park as part of Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project

(Newark, NJ – August 18, 2014) Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has begun construction through Ridgefield Park as part of the utility’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project. The utility will be installing 15 miles of new 230,000 kilo-volt (230kV) underground electric transmission circuit from its Athenia Switching Station in Clifton to the Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield. The underground route in Ridgefield Park runs from Railroad Ave. to Mt. Vernon St. to Teaneck Rd. to the Bergen Turnpike. Manhole installation construction began on August 18, 2014. Trenching and conduit installation is expected to begin on or about September 15, 2014.

PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project will upgrade the utility’s high-capacity electrical lines in the northern part of New Jersey to comply with requirements set by the PJM Interconnection, which operates the regional energy grid. This project will help ensure safe, reliable electricity to nearly 1 million New Jersey businesses and residents for many years to come. In addition to installing the new 230kV circuit through Passaic and Bergen counties, the project will add 3.5 miles of new 230kV underground circuit through Jersey City, upgrade overhead transmission lines from the Hudson Switching Station in Jersey City to the Roseland Switching Station in Roseland, and upgrade several of the utility’s substations.

Construction dates and scheduled work hours in Ridgefield Park are tentative and subject to change due to the construction process and weather sensitive work activities. PSE&G will continue to take all necessary steps to avoid any major inconvenience. However, road and lane closures with possible detours will be necessary during construction. If possible, motorists are encouraged to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. A police detail will be on site at all times to oversee new traffic patterns. Interruptions will be kept to a minimum.

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews use work area protection, including local police department traffic management assistance, traffic cones, barriers, utility work signage, and flaggers, providing measures for a safe project completion.  The utility reminds motorists to slow down and be alert when driving past a PSE&G worksite.

Residents who wish to receive daily email construction updates may submit a request, with email address, to Regional Public Affairs Manager Arthur Ondish at

For questions about the project, please call PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Project Hotline at 1-877-678-5784 or visit

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 (