69kV Statewide Initiative

Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service to its customers. Maintaining world-class reliability requires an electric infrastructure that can keep pace with customers’ evolving energy needs. Over the last several decades, New Jersey has experienced tremendous commercial and residential growth. As businesses and residents use more electricity, it is our responsibility to reinforce, upgrade, and in many cases replace, our electric transmission infrastructure to keep up with that demand.

In order to meet existing electric needs, and be better prepared for Sandy-like storms, PSE&G is re-wiring its local power system to create the electric infrastructure of the future by increasing system capacity, enhancing system reliability, and providing greater system redundancy for our customers.

PSE&G is investing approximately $1.28 billion over the next three years [see Forward Looking statement] to replace and/or supplement its 50-plus-year-old 26kV lines to bring 69kV power throughout the state.  These projects are done either within existing substations and switching stations, or through the construction of new stations, and include installing and replacing overhead lines. The enhanced power lines will be carried on taller, sturdier replacement poles along existing routes.

Spanning from 2007 through 2014, PSE&G has installed approximately 209 miles of 69kV lines in more than 60 New Jersey municipalities, to ensure that the people of New Jersey have the power they need when they need it today and for decades to come.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Project Hotline
1-800-901-5035
Kevin Kimbo
1-800-606-0045

For media inquiries regarding this project, please contact:

PSE&G's Media Hotline
973-430-7734
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    1. What is 69kV transmission?
    2. What will these projects do?
    3. Why are these upgrades needed?
    4. What type of construction will these projects entail?
    5. How tall will the replacement poles be?
    6. What is the difference between the existing and new line voltage?
    7. How long will construction last?
    8. How will this impact traffic?
    9. What are the benefits to the region?
    10. What approvals are you seeking?
    11. Do the lines produce electric and magnetic fields?
    12. Are electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) harmful?
    13. Who can I contact for more information?

    What is 69kV Transmission?

    69kV transmission lines are the standard of the 21st century, linking higher voltage lines with switching stations and substations. They will ultimately replace and enhance a 50+ year-old system built on 26kV lines, increasing reliability, capacity, and safety.

    What will these projects do?

    PSE&G is currently improving its electric reliability statewide in-order to upgrade its utility infrastructure. PSE&G infrastructure upgrades include the addition of a 69kV network that will alleviate the demand on the existing 26kV network. These upgrades will increase both electric service reliability and system redundancy to ensure safe and reliable electric service to our customers.

    Why are these upgrades needed?

    These upgrades are needed to address the increased demand for reliable electricity throughout PSE&G service territory. As population has increased and consumer electronic needs have evolved, the 26kV legacy networks of the last century have been taxed. The addition of a 69kV network will alleviate the demands on the existing 26kV network.

    What type of construction will these projects entail?

    These projects will install 69kV circuits connecting stations to each other. Underground and Overhead pole line construction is taking place throughout the state. New 69kV circuits are being installed to connect each upgraded station and existing utility poles will be replaced with taller sturdier poles that combine existing 26kV, 13kV, or 4kV circuits. New 69kV Gas Insulator Switchgear (GIS) will also be installed at various stations in multiple municipalities.

    How tall will the replacement poles be?

    The replacement poles will range in height between 57 and 65 feet.

    What is the difference between the existing and new line voltage?

    Existing pole lines throughout the state carry 4kV, 13kV and/or 26kV lines. The new pole lines will carry these existing lines in addition to a new 69kV line for added reliability and capacity.

    How long will construction last?

    As of December 17, 2014 PSE&G has augmented or replaced approximately 209 miles of its 26kV network with 69kV lines in several New Jersey municipalities, all in an effort to ensure that the people of New Jersey have the power they need when they need it. Continued substation and pole line construction is currently scheduled through 2021.

    How will this impact traffic?

    Traffic may be slightly impacted during construction; however PSE&G will work with municipal safety and traffic departments to minimize any traffic issues that arise during construction.

    Safety of the public and construction crews is our highest priority. During construction, it is essential that you and anyone occupying your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones.

    What are the benefits to the region?

    This project will provide safe, highly reliable service.  It will also create construction jobs, and provide municipal revenue though requisite permits. The enhanced electrical infrastructure will help support regional economic growth.

    What approvals are you seeking?

    PSE&G will secure necessary permits and approvals from local governing authorities wherever construction is taking place, as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and other applicable state agencies.

    Do the lines produce electric and magnetic fields?

    Electric and magnetic fields are present wherever there is a flow of electric current, whether in wires in the home, electrical appliances, or power lines. Electric fields are produced by the voltage or electrical pressure in a wire and are present even if an appliance is turned off, as long as it is connected to a source of electric power. Magnetic fields are produced whenever there is a flow of electric current through a wire. Electric and magnetic fields are not visible, like other fields such as a gravitational field or a temperature field.

    Are electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) harmful?

    The overwhelming body of scientific study shows no definitive link between EMF and human health issues. Since 1977, concerns over magnetic fields and possible health effects have been the subject of numerous scientific and regulatory review panels, and extensive research and studies continue to be funded in this field of study.

    After nearly 30 years of worldwide research, there are no direct or causal links between electric and magnetic fields and adverse health effects. New Jersey has standards regarding maximum permissible electric fields at the edge of transmission line rights of way. However, there are no state standards with regards to magnetic field levels nor are there any federal rules, regulations or standards for either electric or magnetic field levels.

    Magnetic fields from appliances like hair dryers, microwave ovens, and motorized appliances are often stronger than the fields directly beneath power lines. PSE&G will design and install this line according to appropriate state and federal guidelines related to safety and environmental impact.

    Learn more about EMF 

    Who can I contact for more information?

    If you have questions or concerns, please visit our website at http://psegtransmission.com/reliability-projects/69kV or call our toll free number at 1-800-901-5035 (for Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Hunterdon and Middlesex counties) or 1-800-606-0045 (for Mercer, Burlington, Camden or Gloucester counties).

Bound Brook

May 2017 through August 2017

PSE&G plans to begin upgrading and replacing utility poles along Route 28 (Union Ave) between Tea Street and Green Brook Road, as well as on Tea Street. Work is expected to be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some weekend work, as needed. 

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the Bound Brook Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones. For construction activities in and on the public right of way, local authorities will provide traffic control to keep both our work crews and the traveling public safe.

There are no planned electric service outages as part of this construction activity. 

Bridgewater

August 14-18 2017

PSE&G will be completing underground construction activity on Main Street between Tea Street (Bound Brook) and STS Drive. Minor traffic changes may be required, including lane shifts. 

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G is working with the Bridgewater Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones. For construction activities in and on the public right of way, local authorities will provide traffic control to keep both our work crews and the traveling public safe.

Plainfield

Vegetation Management activity such as tree trimming or tree removals is expected to begin on Myrtle Avenue, Madison Avenue and Grove Street in the City of Plainfield in late-August or early-September 2017 in order to allow for the safe installation of future utility upgrades. Activity will receive all necessary local approvals Safety is our primary concern. To complete this work safely, PSE&G will work with the City of Plainfield Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public when necessary. Some brief lane or road closures may be required 

Dunellen

June 2017 through August 2017

As part of our upgrade of electric facilities in your area, PSE&G and our approved contractors will begin tree trimming, followed by utility pole upgrades in Dunellen.

Work will primarily be completed Monday-Friday, between 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m., occasional weekend work may be required.

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the Dunellen Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public.

Ewing

On-Going

Beginning March 2015 and continuing intermittently through Q4 2018, construction work in support of the 69kV upgrades will occur on the following streets in Ewing and Hamilton Township:

  • Federal City Road
  • Upper Ferry Road
  • Scotch Road
  • Parkway Ave
  • N. Olden Ave
  • Arctic Parkway
  • Spruce St
  • Princeton Ave
  • Mulberry St
  • Nottingham Way
  • Rosalie Ave

Work includes installing new poles, installing new 69kV cable and critical electrical equipment, and removal of old poles (please also reference the "Overhead Construction Process" page for additional information). 

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the Ewing Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.

 

Green Brook

September 18 - October 27

Civil and Electrical Construction activity inside Green Brook Substation and adjacent pool building property is ongoing.

Fall 2017: PSE&G and approved contractors will begin tree trimming on Green Brook Road and Madison Avenue, followed by installation of new poles. Pole construction activity is estimated to begin on Green Brook Road and Route 28 and continue into Middlesex and Bound Brook.  

On or around Monday, September 18, 2017, PSE&G and our approved contractors anticipate beginning underground construction activities on Lenox Avenue, Warrenville Road, and Wickett Avenue.  Work will begin on Lenox Avenue and work towards Warrenville Road, proceeding to Wickett Avenue and ending at Mountain Parkway. Lane and/or shoulder closures may be required during work hours. Work is expected to be completed in 4-5 weeks, and work hours will be between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All work and schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

Hamilton

June 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017

Vegetation management activity, pole setting, wire work and equipment transfer will take place intermittently through May on the following streets in Hamilton Township:

  • White Horse Mercerville Rd.
  • Klockner Rd.

Work includes installing new poles, installing new 69kV cable and critical electrical equipment, and removal of old poles (please also reference the "Overhead Construction Process" page for additional information). 

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the Ewing and Hamilton Police Departments to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.

Hoboken

Week of September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18,  2017 through Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Jefferson & fifth Street. Manhole installation activity will occur at this location. Jefferson Street between Fourth Street & Fifth Street will be closed during working hours. 
  • Monroe Street between Eleventh Street and Twelfth Street. Underground conduit installation will occur at this location. Portions of Monroe may be closed during work hours.

Construction activities will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Work preparation may begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

PSE&G will take all necessary steps to avoid any major inconvenience to our customers in the area. However, road and lane closures with possible detours will be necessary during construction. Road closures will not take place prior to 9:00 a.m. If possible, motorists are encouraged to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. Hoboken Police will be on site during construction hours to oversee and assist with new traffic patterns. All efforts will be made to keep interruptions to a minimum. 

Jersey City

August 2017

Duncan Avenue between Hackensack River & Rt. 1/9

  • Manhole and conduit installation will occur on Duncan Avenue Between the Hackensack River 

Excluding inclement weather delays, PSE&G anticipates working Monday through Friday (7:00am - 5:00pm).

  • Pipe installation and drilling activity will occur under the Hackensack River. Drilling equipment is set up near 550 Duncan Avenue. 

Crews will be working on portions of this project 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the Hudson County Sheriff's Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.

Little Falls

July 5, 2017 through December 2017

Pole replacement and overhead construction activity will occur on:

Jean Drive, Ethel Drive, Francisco Ave, Ridge Road, Long Hill Road, and Notch Road

Construction activity will occur predominately Monday-Saturday, between 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

During construction, limited lane closures may be required to accommodate safe work and travel conditions. Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the Little Falls Police Department to minimize any traffic and parking concerns and inconvenience to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.  

Middlesex

August 21, 2017 through September 21, 2017

Upcoming underground construction activities on Green Brook Road to Bound Brook Road in Middlesex.  Work is expected to be completed in 3-4 weeks, and work hours will be between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Lane shifts and detours may be required during construction and will be coordinated with local police and traffic control.

Temporary paving and restoration will be completed at the completion of work, and final paving and restoration will be completed late Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, depending on weather.

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G is working with the Borough of Middlesex Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones. For construction activities in and on the public right of way, local authorities will provide traffic control to keep both our work crews and the traveling public safe.

There are no planned electric service outages as part of this construction activity. 

North Bergen

Summer 2017

Union City Substation

GIS Building work and other construction activities will occur within the station fence line. 

Excluding inclement weather delays and the need for extended hours, PSE&G anticipates working Monday through Friday (7:00am - 6:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am - 6:00pm). Limited road closures may occur and parking restrictions will be in effect during large deliveries. 

Tonnelle Avenue Substation

Electrical and civil construction activity will occur within the station fence line. 

Excluding inclement weather delays, PSE&G anticipates working Monday through Friday (7:00am - 6:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am - 6:00pm).

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the North Bergen Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.

North Plainfield

Summer 2017

In accordance with the Board of Public Utilities Vegetation Management Rules, we may trim and remove trees, where necessary, beginning on or about June 19, on the following streets:

  • Green Brook Road between Clinton Ave and Grove St
  • Grove Street Road and Madison Avenue

Rutherford

July 2017 through December 2017

Pole replacement and overhead construction activity will occur on:

Highland Cross, Eastern Way, Pierrepont Avenue, Feronia Way, and Barrows Lane

Construction activity will occur predominately Monday - Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

During construction, limited lane closures may be required to accommodate safe work and travel conditions. Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the Rutherford Police Department to minimize any traffic and parking concerns and inconvenience to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.  

 

South Brunswick

May 18, 2017 through August 18, 2017

Beginning on or about May 18, the installation of new utility poles and overhead power lines will begin on Deans Lane in South Brunswick Township. Overhead construction activity will continue, intermittently, on Deans Lane through August 2017. Overhead construction activity will occur predominately Monday-Saturday, between 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Some extended work hours may be required. 

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the South Brunswick Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns and inconvenience to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones.  

Trenton

Mid-June 2017 through August 2017

Pole setting, wire work and equipment transfer will take place intermittently on the following streets in the City of Trenton:

  • Adeline Street
  • Broad Street
  • Clinton Ave

Work includes installing new poles, installing new 69kV cable and critical electrical equipment, and removal of old poles (please also reference the "Overhead Construction Process" page for additional information). 

Safety is our primary concern. PSE&G will work with the City of Trenton, Ewing and Hamilton Police Departments to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public. During construction, please refrain from going near our construction work zones. 

Union Township

On-Going

Beginning in July 2017 and continuing intermittently through June 2018, PSE&G will be replacing utility poles throughout Union Township. This work is part of the Vauxhall Network Upgrade to eliminate outdated equipment and upgrade utility poles and equipment where necessary to ensure optimal service for customers. These upgrades will help prepare the area for future utility upgrades as well, to enhance and improve the reliability of PSE&G’s electric service to Union Township and the surrounding area.

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the Union Township Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public. During construction, short-term lane or shoulder closures may be necessary. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones. For construction activities in and on the public right of way, local authorities will provide traffic control to keep both our work crews and the traveling public safe.

Wayne

July 2017 through August 2017

PSE&G plans to begin overhead and underground construction on or around July 5, 2017 and will continue through early-August 2017. Some unavoidable noise will be generated during construction. Construction activities will occur on the following streets:

  • Paterson Hamburg Turnpike between Hinchman Avenue and Ratzer Road
  • University Drive between Hamburg Turnpike and West Overlook
  • West Overlook Avenue and Overlook Avenue to Linda Vista Avenue
  • High Mountain Road between Walray Avenue and Lakeview Avenue

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the Wayne and North Haledon Police Departments to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones. Local authorities will provide traffic control to keep both our work crews and the traveling public safe, lane closures or detours may be required.

 

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August 27, 2014

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