On or about Monday, June 15, 2020, construction to expand the substation along Clinton Avenue will begin. This project will improve the performance of the electric transmission system and maintain safe, reliable electric service for residents and businesses in Hamilton and surrounding communities. These upgrades include building a new, two-story structure to enclose equipment and controls. The structure is designed to blend with the existing neighborhood.
Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as some nights and weekends, as needed. Construction will continue through the winter of 2022 with landscaping and final restoration completed by the spring of the following year.
On or about Wednesday, February 12, 2020, construction activities are scheduled to begin on the steel towers within the PSE&G transmission right of way near the Clinton Avenue Substation. Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as nights and weekends as needed. The duration of this segment of activity will continue through the end of May 2020. Work schedules are estimations and subject to change. Below you will find a map with the construction area highlighted in yellow:
Work activities will include installing new monopole foundations and removing a lattice tower. Construction will require the use of bucket trucks, cranes and large construction equipment. You may notice an increase in noise and vibrations generated from the site. A temporary access road will be needed to execute construction. Please be aware that equipment and materials, including steel for the replacement structures, may be stored and partially assembled on the right-of-way at various times during the construction period. All work will be inside of the PSE&G property line and within the transmission right of way.
The Whitehorse Switching Station is a critical project that will improve the performance of the electric transmission system and maintain safe, reliable electric service for residents and businesses in Hamilton Town and surrounding areas.
This critical work will reconfigure and strengthen the existing 69,000-volt (69kV) network in the area. As part of the project, PSE&G will connect an existing 230,000-volt (230kV) transmission line to the station. The project will also construct a new Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) facility to connect this station to the 69kV switch yards in neighboring stations in Hamilton and Trenton. Considered state-of-the-art, a GIS is encapsulated by compact metal that can be safely operated in confined spaces, allowing for increased voltage and less maintenance on a smaller footprint. The GIS also offers design flexibility to allow the building to blend with the existing neighborhood. All construction work will be completed inside the property of the station and within the transmission right-of-way.
As safety is PSE&G’s first priority, the utility is committed to working with the Hamilton Township Police Department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconvenience to the public during construction. There are no planned electric service outages caused by this work. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and in service by winter 2022 with landscaping and final restoration completed by the spring of the following year.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please call the Whitehorse Switching Station Project information line at 1-800-606-0045.