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 to replace 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 2017, PSE&G installed approximately 331 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 are 69kV electric lines?
    2. What will these projects do?
    3. Why are these upgrades needed?
    4. Is this project approved?
    5. What substations provide power to Westfield residents and businesses?
    6. What is the difference between the existing and new line voltage?
    7. What is the route for this project in Westfield, and how was it chosen?
    8. Why can’t you build this line along the railroad tracks?
    9. How long will the project take to complete? When will it start?
    10. How many residents and businesses are along this route?
    11. How many poles will be installed? How tall are they, and how far apart?
    12. Are the poles on the north or south side of South Avenue?
    13. Why are the replacement poles taller?
    14. Why do the replacement poles appear twice as high as the old poles?
    15. When will the old poles be removed?
    16. Why aren’t you building this project underground?
    17. How will you minimize disruption to businesses along South Avenue during construction? Will traffic be disrupted?
    18. Why is PSE&G trimming and removing trees near the new poles? How many trees will be affected, and where?
    19. Why is this project proceeding when the proposed substation in Cranford has not been built yet?
    20. Are there any health hazards associated with 69 kV lines?
    21. Can you explain the impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs)? Is there a difference between EMFs on 26 kV and 69 kV lines?
    22. Are 69 kV lines a concern for firefighters who respond to downed electric wires or transformer fires?
    23. Who can I contact for more information?

    What are 69kV electric lines?

    69kV electric lines are the standard of the 21st century.  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 by upgrading its utility infrastructure. These infrastructure upgrades include the addition of a 69kV network that will alleviate the demand on the existing 26kV network. These upgrades will increase electric service reliability and system redundancy to ensure safe and reliable electric service to our customers.

    Since 2007, PSE&G has installed more than 400 miles of 69,000-volt (69kV) lines in more than 93 municipalities in New Jersey. By the end of 2023, we anticipate that 570 miles will have been upgraded.

    Why are these upgrades needed?

    These upgrades are needed to address the demand for electric reliability throughout PSE&G’s service territory. As populations have 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.

    Is this project approved?

    PSE&G is charged with providing safe, adequate and proper electric service to its customers, as well as upgrading the system as needed for reliable service. In the course of fulfilling those obligations, PSE&G regularly conducts system upgrades and improvements. 

    This project was approved and assigned to PSE&G by PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) as a baseline reliability project in October 2017. PJM is the regional grid operator for 13 states in our region.  This baseline project is required to maintain system reliability. 

    PSE&G, as a New Jersey public utility required to provide safe, adequate and reliable service throughout its service territory, has the legal authority right to occupy the public right-of-way with electric and gas facilities without obtaining state or local approvals.  The authority for the construction and maintenance of utility poles along public streets in New Jersey is governed by statutory authority in Title 48, and is not subject to the jurisdiction of local boards.

    What substations provide power to Westfield residents and businesses?

    Westfield is served by 10 substations throughout Union and Middlesex Counties. This project will enhance the reliability at several of these substations that provide power to Westfield. 

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

    Existing pole lines throughout Westfield carry 4kV, 13kV or 26kV lines. The replacement pole line will carry the existing lines plus a new 69kV line for added reliability and capacity, as well as lightning protection.

    What is the route for this project in Westfield, and how was it chosen?

    The project will follow an existing pole line on South Avenue in Westfield. PSE&G considers many factors in its pole line selection process, including presence of existing utilities; feasibility of engineering and construction; use of public and private property; environmental impacts; cost; construction schedule; feasibility of long-term maintenance; and accessibility.

    Why can’t you build this line along the railroad tracks?

    This route was studied and determined to not be feasible. PSE&G needs access to its electric lines 24/7 to respond to equipment failures and power outages. Building along the railroad, instead of the utility right-of-way, would create accessibility issues that would interfere with PSE&G’s ability to maintain reliable electric service to our customers.

    How long will the project take to complete? When will it start?

    This project will take six to eight months to complete. Our initial start date was expected to be March 2019. The new start date is yet to be determined.

    How many residents and businesses are along this route?

    There are about 50 residential properties, as well as about 125 businesses.

    How many poles will be installed? How tall are they, and how far apart?

    The project will replace 82 poles on an existing pole line. In general, the length of the existing poles is between 45 and 50 feet (38 and 43 feet above ground). The replacement poles will range between 65 and 70 feet in length (56 and 61 feet above ground). The new poles will have the same spacing as the existing poles.

    Are the poles on the north or south side of South Avenue?

    From the Scotch Plains border to Central Avenue, the pole line will be on the southern side of South Avenue. From Central Avenue to the Garwood border, the pole line will be on the northern side of South Avenue.

    Why are the replacement poles taller?

    The height of a utility pole is determined by several factors.

    • The number of wires carried by the pole – the more wire, the taller the pole.
    • The voltage of the wires -- different voltages require different spacing between the wires.
    • The addition of static wire, also known as lightning protection. This project involves installing both a 69kV line and lightning protection on the new poles.

    Why do the replacement poles appear twice as high as the old poles?

    Once a replacement pole is installed and the electric wires are transferred, the old pole is shortened to the height of the lower telephone and/or cable television lines that share the pole. As a result, the public sees the new pole next to an old pole that is much shorter than it had been, at a new height of just 20 to 25 feet above the ground.

    When will the old poles be removed?

    The old poles will be removed by the phone and cable companies once they transfer their wires onto the new pole lines.

    Why aren’t you building this project underground?

    Building utility lines underground is six to seven times more expensive than typical utility pole construction. PSE&G is an overhead utility, meaning that power lines are built overhead where feasible. Of the more than 400 miles of 69kV lines PSE&G has built since 2007, the vast majority are overhead. Lines are built underground only when engineering determines it’s necessary, such as for railroad or river crossings. If our engineering indicates that overhead construction is feasible, but a municipality requests that a line is put underground, the municipality is required to pay for the incremental costs.

    How will you minimize disruption to businesses along South Avenue during construction? Will traffic be disrupted?

    PSE&G will work with municipal officials to minimize any disruptions and coordinate traffic flow during construction. We will also communicate any disruptions directly with impacted customers.

    Why is PSE&G trimming and removing trees near the new poles? How many trees will be affected, and where?

    The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and prudent utility practice mandate that PSE&G remove tree branches and limbs to ensure that they do not become entangled with, or damage, the electric lines. This regular vegetation management minimizes power outages. An estimated 24 trees along this route will be trimmed, and another 24 will be removed. All trees that are removed will be replaced with new utility-friendly trees. Most of the affected trees are on municipal property, with an estimated 19 on private property that encroach on the public right of way.

    Why is this project proceeding when the proposed substation in Cranford has not been built yet?

    The proposed station in Cranford is not a part of this project. The line now being built is required by PJM, the regional grid operator, and was approved in October 2017. The line will connect PSE&G’s Front Street substation in Scotch Plains with its Springfield Road substation in Union. The station planned in Cranford was not a part of this project, and was reviewed by PJM in January 2019.

    Are there any health hazards associated with 69 kV lines?

    There is no documented evidence that utility lines pose a health risk. Electric lines of various voltages can be found on almost every roadway in New Jersey, as well as throughout North America.

    Can you explain the impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs)? Is there a difference between EMFs on 26 kV and 69 kV lines?

    The existing 4 kV and 13 kV lines along South Avenue carry currents that are comparable to the 26 kV and 69 kV lines, and produce similar magnetic fields. All of the lines produce magnetic field levels at the surrounding properties that range from 2 to 4 milligauss, which are comparable to existing background levels created by building wiring, lighting and appliances. Electric and magnetic fields are created by any device that produces, carries or uses electrical energy. The magnetic field produced by a three-phase power line depends on the current in the conductors, the spacing between the conductors and the distance from the power line. Voltage of the line has no effect on the magnetic field.

    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has estimated the average level of background magnetic fields range from 0.5 to 5.0 milligauss (mG) in most homes. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) also lists typical magnetic field levels measured six inches away from common appliances.

    The NJDEP list includes:

    • Hair dryer - 300 milligauss
    • Electric shaver - 100 milligauss
    • Blender - 70 milligauss
    • Can opener - 600 milligauss
    • Coffee maker - 7 milligauss
    • Microwave oven - 200 milligauss
    • Color TV (1 foot away) - 7 milligauss

    Are 69 kV lines a concern for firefighters who respond to downed electric wires or transformer fires?

    Firefighters who respond to this type of situation are trained in safety around electric wires and equipment. Firefighters and police personnel will secure the area, maintain crowd and traffic control and await response by PSE&G. This upgrade poses no additional hazards to first responders. In fact, the 69-kV equipment is much more storm-resistant. The new sturdier poles, fiber optic communications wire and upgraded relay protection all serve to minimize faults or problems on the line and allow for quicker restoration if there are outages.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    If you have questions or concerns, please call our toll free number at 1-800-901-5035.

Plainsboro

12-17-18 through Spring 2019

PSE&G plans to begin upgrading and replacing the utility poles along Dey Road beginning near Pheasant Hollow Drive and continuing to Rt 130.  This work is expected to begin on or around Monday, December 17 and continue intermittently through the spring 2019.  Work will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some weekend work, as needed. There are no service outages planned with this work

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.

Pennsauken

Ongoing

Begining on February 20, 2019 construction activities at the Camden Switching Station in Pennsauken, NJ are scheduled to begin.  In support of construction, a temporary transformer will be installed within the transmission right of way (ROW) on PSE&G property for approximately 18 months.  We will also replace and install taller, sturdier utility poles and run new electric wires within the ROW.  Some aspects of construction may cause unavoidable noise and the use of temporary lighting.  PSE&G will make every effort to minimize sound levels.

Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed.  The station will be in-service in December 2020, with final restoration completed by the spring of the following year.  Work schedules are estimations and subject to change. 

Plainfield

Beginning late-January 2018

Overhead construction to upgrade utility poles is expected to begin on or around January 23 on Myrtle Avenue, Everett Place, and West Front Street in the City of Plainfield. 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. 

 

Franklin

On or around September 10 2018, PSE&G crews and our approved contractors will begin installing new, upgraded poles on Van Cleef Road between Jean Road and Amwell Road. All work will be completed between 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Work in this area will be intermittent. 

On or around September 17 2018 and continuing until the end of October, PSE&G and our approved contractors will begin installing new, upgraded poles on working on Elizabeth Avenue between Weston Road and School House Road. 

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G and our approved contractors will be working with the Franklin Township 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.

 

 

Dunellen

December 2017 - February 2018

PSE&G will be upgrading and replacing the utility poles along Madison Avenue, Mountain View Terrace, N. Washington Avenue, 1st Ave, Jackson Ave, and Dunellen Avenue.

This work is expected to begin in Dunellen early December and continue, intermittently, throughout early 2018, working between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some weekend work, as needed.

To safely complete this work, lane closures and/or brief road closures may be required.

All closures will be coordinated with Dunellen Borough Police Department. 

Ewing

ongoing

February 2019 Update

PSE&G will continue upgrading and replacing the utility poles and electric wire on the following streets:

• Pennington Road (Route 31) between Diverty Road and Bull Run Road
• Bull Run Road between Pennington Road (Route 31) and Federal City Road
• Federal City Road between Bull Run Road and Bunker Hill Road
• Bunker Hill Road between Federal City Road and Stewarts Crossing Way

Overhead construction activities will continue intermittently throughout 2019.  Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed. All schedules are estimates, weather dependent and subject to change.  Lane shifts, detours and road closures may be required during construction and will be coordinated with local police and traffic control. 

Franklin

December 10 - January 7

Crews are currenly working the installation of new poles and overhead construction activity on Van Cleef Road, and will be moving to Amwell Road between Van Cleef Road and Elizabeth Avenue on or around December 10 and continue intermittently for 4-6 weeks.  All work will 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 and our approved contractors will be working with the Franklin Township Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public.  There are no planned outages associated with this work.

Gloucester City

ongoing

Beginning in January 2019 PSE&G crews will begin site preliminary site work at the Gloucester Switching Station. Underground construction work, foundation installations, raising towers and tree removals will be completed.
Heavy construction activities are expected to begin in August 2019. You may notice an increase in noise caused by this work. All work will occur within PSE&G property and within the transmission right-of-way.

Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed. The station will be in-service by December 2020, with landscaping and final restoration completed by the summer of 2021. All schedules are estimates, weather dependent and subject to change.

Green Brook

Fall 2018

PSE&G will be completing the transfer of equipment from old poles onto new poles throughout Green Brook, working with local police for traffic control as needed. 

 

 

 

 

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 June 24, 2019

Traffic Alert for Milling & Paving Work around Madison Street Station

As work continues at the Madison Street Substation located at 1160 Madison Avenue, we want to alert you to upcoming changes in traffic patterns on the block between Madison and Monroe from 11th to 12th Streets.
Beginning Monday, June 24, 2019, through Thursday, June 27, PSE&G will be milling and paving along these streets:
* Monroe (between 11th and 12th)
* 12th Street (between Madison and Monroe)
* Madison (between 11th and 12th)
Please be aware of, and look for, signs indicating road closures and detours in the area

 

May 2019

Tree Maintenance Update - Jackson Street

After inspecting the circuit route on Jackson Street, PSE&G—along with Quanika Stover, Hoboken’s Urban Forestry Coordinator—identified potentially hazardous trees that could be saved but are in need of pruning. There are also trees that will need to be removed and replaced because the health of the tree is in decline and the trimming would be too severe.

We do not take tree removal lightly, as we know how important trees are to residents, the environment and community aesthetics. Rest assured we only remove a tree if it presents a true hazard to public safety. PSE&G’s 69kV Urban Reforestry initiative includes replacing trees that have been removed in order to accommodate the construction of a new circuit. We will plant utility-friendly, replacement trees in the spring. These new trees will not grow into electric conductors, providing an environmental and safety asset for current and future property owners.

In addition, PSE&G will conduct directional pruning on the remaining trees that are consistent with the standards of the International Society of Arboriculture to help ensure the health of the trees.

Tree Maintenance

According to City Code (Chapter 136), it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to care for sidewalks and street trees. In order to keep the new tree healthy and beautiful, please:

1. Water the tree every other day with five (5) gallons, totaling at least twenty (20) gallons per week. The most important factor in the survival of Hoboken's street trees is that they receive the proper amount of water. A Treegator bag will be provided with your new tree. A “treegator” bag is a watering bag that fills up quickly and drains slowly, this allows water to soak down to the roots where it is needed.

2. Consider installing a tree guard. Tree guards shall have three (3) sides, the open side facing the curb, 12-18 inches high, around the entire perimeter of the tree hole with bark mulch pursuant to Hoboken Shade Tree Commission’s standards available at www.hobokennj.gov/trees.

If you have any questions about trees, please contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Quanika Stover, qstover@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2000 ext. 4004. If you’d like more information about PSE&G’s electric system upgrade, please call Reliability Hotline at (800) 901-5035.

 

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 AM 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.

 

 

Hopewell

ongoing

June 2018 Update

PSE&G will continue upgrading and replacing the utility poles and electric wire on the following streets:

• Pennington Road (Route 31) between Diverty Road and Blackwell Road

• Blackwell Road between Pennington Road (Route 31) and Pennington Lawrenceville Road

• Pennington Lawrenceville Road between Blackwell Road and Federal City Road

• Federal City Road between Pennington Lawrenceville Road and Blackwell Road

• Blackwell Road between Federal City Road and Cold Soil Road

• Cold Soil Road between Blackwell Road and Carter Road

Overhead construction activities will continue intermittently throughout 2019. Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed. All schedules are estimates, weather dependent and subject to change. Lane shifts, detours and road closures may be required during construction and will be coordinated with local police and traffic control.

 

February 2019 Update

PSE&G will continue upgrading and replacing the utility poles and electric wire on the following streets:

• Pennington Road (Route 31) between Diverty Road and Bull Run Road

• Bull Run Road between Pennington Road (Route 31) and Federal City Road

• Federal City Road between Bull Run Road and Bunker Hill Road

• Bunker Hill Road between Federal City Road and Stewarts Crossing Way

Overhead construction activities will continue intermittently throughout 2019. Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed. All schedules are estimates, weather dependent and subject to change. Lane shifts, detours and road closures may be required during construction and will be coordinated with local police and traffic control.

Jersey City

Current Construction Activity:

Week of August 13, 2018

  • Crews will install new utility poles along the existing pole line on Seaview Avenue in Jersey City, between Romar Avenue and Old Bergen Road.
  • Crews will begin the installation of new utility poles along the existing pole line on Old Bergen Road from Seaview Avenue to Merritt Street.

For questions or more information about the project, please call PSE&G’s Electric Reliability Hotline at
1-800-901-5035.

Beginning January 14, 2019, PSE&G crews will install taller, sturdier storm-resistant utility poles and run     69 kV (thousand volt) electric wires along the existing Schuyler Avenue distribution circuit.

Location: 
Kearny, NJ – Schuyler Avenue, Belleville Turnpike to Hamilton Street (Harrison).

Hours: 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

At times, certain parking restrictions will be implemented to accommodate construction equipment to ensure work zone safety and the safety of the general travelling public.

Schedule:

Date Where Work Traffic Impact
January 14 - January 18 Belleville Turnpike to Schuyler Court Installing new poles Lane closure in work area. Alternate through traffic.
January 21 - January 25 Schuyler Court to Arlington Place Installing new poles Lane closure in work area. Alternate through traffic.
       

All work is subject to change due to weather.

Overall project completion scheduled for summer 2019.

For questions or more information about the project, please call PSE&G’s Electric Reliability Hotline at 1-800-901-5035.

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 AM 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.

Kearny

2019 Construction Activity

Beginning January 14, 2019, PSE&G crews will install taller, sturdier storm-resistant utility poles and run 69 kV (thousand volt) electric wires along the existing Schuyler Avenue distribution circuit.

Location: 
Kearny, NJ – Schuyler Avenue, Belleville Turnpike to Hamilton Street (Harrison).

Hours: 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

At times, certain parking restrictions will be implemented to accommodate construction equipment to ensure work zone safety and the safety of the general travelling public.

Schedule:

Date Where Work Traffic Impact
February 6, 2019 - February 28, 2019 Midland Avenue to Dukes Street Installing new poles Lane closure in work area. Alternate through traffic.
       
       

All work is subject to change due to weather.

Overall project completion scheduled for summer 2019.

For questions or more information about the project, please call PSE&G’s Electric Reliability Hotline at 1-800-901-5035.

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 AM. If possible, motorists are encouraged to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. Police will be on site during construction hours to oversee and assist with traffic patterns. All efforts will be made to keep interruptions to a minimum.

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.  

Camden

03/25/19 - 06/31/19

On or about, Monday, March 25, 2019 PSE&G’s approved contactors will begin restoring sidewalks and curbs as well as milling and paving roadways on the following streets:
• South 2nd Street between Walnut and Line Street
• Walnut Street between South 2nd Street and South 3rd Street
• South 3rd Street between Walnut Street and Spruce Street
• Spruce Street between South 3rd Street and South 2nd Street
• Locust Street between Walnut Street and Spruce Street

Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, as well as some nights as needed. This actvitity is scheduled to continue through the end of May 2019. All schedules are estimates, weather dependent and subject to change.

Detours, lane shifts and a road closure are required during restoration. Walnut Street between Locust Street and 2nd Street, will be closed during construction hours. Please adhere to all posted signs as there may also be limited or no street parking. All traffic and parking changes will be coordinated with the local police department and traffic control to minimize any inconvenience to the public.

Safety is our highest priority. It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones.

Middlesex

Late April 2018

Underground construction activity has been completed in this area, and PSE&G and our approved contractors will be completing restoration to the affected roadways. Weather dependent, milling activity will begin April 26, 2018 and paving will occur on April 27, 2018. During work hours, no street parking will be permitted and road closures will be required during paving with no vehicle access. Traffic control and detours will be in place during restoration efforts.

Work will occur on the following streets:

  • Green Brook Road between Bound Brook Road and Spring Mills Road
  • Bound Brook Road between Green Brook Road and Locust Avenue

In order to complete this work with minimal impact to your community, police will be directing traffic and motorists will have access to the roads during non-paving hours. We ask that you please adhere to the no parking signs that may be placed on the streets listed above.

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the local 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.

New Milford

New Milford Substation

Civil and electrical construction activity will continue inside the station through. No service outages are expected during this work. 

Due to unexpected changes in construction within the property of the New Milford Substation, PSE&G and its approved contractors will be carrying out additional construction activity on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. 

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

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.

October 23 - December 15

PSE&G anticipates beginning underground construction activities on Hamlin Place, Van Buren Drive, Washington Place and Edlys Lane on or around Monday, October 23, 2017.  Work is expected to be completed in 6-8 weeks (weather dependent).

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

We do not anticipate this work causing any interruption of your electric service.
 

North Plainfield

2/6/18 - 3/30/18

Overhead construction activity to install new utility poles and upgraded cable will begin on or around February 6 and continue through late March 2018 on Greenbrook Road between Clinton Ave and Grove Street. Brief road or lane closures may be required to safely complete this work. 

All work around West End Elementary School will be completed on weekends to minimize inconvenience and impact.

Safety is our highest priority. PSE&G will work with the North Plainfield Borough 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.

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

December 17 2018 through Spring 2019

PSE&G plans to begin upgrading and replacing the utility poles along Dey Road beginning near Pheasant Hollow Drive and continuing to Rt 130.  This work is expected to begin on or around Monday, December 17 and continue intermittently through the spring 2019.  Work will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some weekend work, as needed. There are no service outages planned with this work.

Trenton

Fall 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). 

At the same time we are doing the above work we will begin additional electric upgrades in the city of Trenton.

Beginning in September 2017 and continuing intermittently through May 2018, PSE&G will be replacing utility poles throughout the City of Trenton.  This work is part of the Fernwood 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 City of Trenton and the surrounding area.

Work will occur on the following streets:

  • River Road
  • Afton Avenue
  • Sanhican Drive
  • Morningside Drive
  • Abernathy Drive
  • La Barre Avenue
  • Argyle Avenue
  • Mill Road
  • School Lane
  • Shelburne Ave
  • Route 29

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.  It is essential that you and anyone using your property, including children and pets, refrain from going near our construction work zones.

Union City

April 29, 2019 -- May 3, 2019

Description of Work:

For new utility pole installation, work crews will be on 21st Street drilling holes April 29, 2019 to May 5, 2019 between Summit and Bergenline and Palisades Avenue between 10th and 13th.

Union Township

December 2018

Beginning in November 2018 and continuing for several months, PSE&G will be completing vegetation maintenance and replacing utility poles throughout Union Township. This work is part of the 69kV upgrade connecting Stanley Terrace Substation and Springfield Road Substation. These upgrades will help to enhance and improve the reliability of PSE&G’s electric service to Union Township and the surrounding area.

Beginning November  2018, PSE&G overhead construction crews and vegetation management contractor crews will begin working on Morrison Ave between Stuyvesant Avenue and Winslow Avenue. PSE&G anticipates continuing work on Winslow Avenue, Commerce Avenue, Morris Avenue, and Rahway Avenue throughout 2019. Work will occur intermittently at each location and police will be on-site during all activity to ensure safe traffic operations and minimal inconvenience.

Beginning on or around December 3, PSE&G anticipates beginning underground construction activities on Springfield Road between Milltown Road and Route 22. Work will occur from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM and will require a road closure. Work is expected to be completed in 1 week. 

There are no planned electric service outages affiliated with this work

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.

 

June 23, 2017

PSE&G to Begin Electric Reliability Work in Hoboken

(Newark, NJ – June 23, 2017)  Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, will begin construction on new critical underground electrical infrastructure in Hoboken as part of the utility’s Madison Street Substation Project. This work is part of the overall plan for the station that will ensure safe, reliable electric service for residents and businesses in the area. Construction is planned to begin on or around Monday, June 26, 2017 and will continue through December of 2017.

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August 27, 2014

Rutgers Study: PSE&G is an Economic Engine for New Jersey
Transmission upgrades responsible for creating 6,000 jobs annually from 2011-2021

(Newark, NJ – August 27, 2014) – From 2011 to 2021, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) investments in New Jersey’s electric transmission network will be a powerful stimulant of the state’s economy, according to an analysis by Rutgers University. The report, released today, concludes the company’s 10-year, $8.1 billion transmission investment program will support 6,000 jobs annually -- generating more than $4.3 billion in salary and benefits and... Continue Reading