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Madison Substation Upgrade Project

Project Overview

The PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project is a multi-million dollar capital improvement that will upgrade the electric distribution system to make it more reliable and resilient in the wake of severe weather. This work includes constructing a new, elevated substation featuring state-of-the-art, 69,000-volt (69kV) gas insulated switchgear to serve and benefit Hoboken businesses and residents.

Working closely with the City of Hoboken, PSE&G enlisted the services of a Hoboken-based architectural firm to design the Madison Street facility to assimilate within the urban fabric of the city.

In addition, PSE&G will raise critical electric transmission facilities and distribution equipment above new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood guidelines, replace aging infrastructure, and install new technology that can monitor the station remotely and restore power more quickly if an outage occurs. These improvements will enhance the safety and reliability of our power delivery system and achieve resiliency during severe weather.

New 69kV circuits will connect the new Madison Street station to existing stations in Jersey City, Kearny and North Bergen and strengthen the local grid/circuits that support electric reliability in Hoboken. These lines will utilize an existing right-of-way. The old poles will be removed after the new poles are installed and the overhead infrastructure is transferred from the old poles to the new poles. Segments of the circuit will be underground.

More specifically:

  • The circuit route from Jersey City will travel west on First St. between Paterson Ave. & Jackson St. / north on Jackson St. to Seventh St. / one block east on Seventh St. / and north on Monroe St. to the Madison Substation.
  • The line coming from Kearny will enter Hoboken at Newark St. & Madison St., before traveling north on Madison St. directly to the new substation.
  • The North Bergen line will enter Hoboken on Fifteenth St. heading east for a block and  a half, before turning south on Jefferson St. From there, the route continues two blocks down Jefferson St. until Thirteenth St., where it heads west for a block to Madison St.…and on to the Substation.Safety is our primary goal. PSE&G is partnering with the Hoboken Police Department to minimize traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public during construction.

Safety is our primary goal. PSE&G is partnering with the Hoboken Police Department to minimize traffic concerns or inconveniences to the public during construction.

For more information on this project, please contact:

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NOTE: Construction schedule information is tentative and subject to change based on several factors, including weather and field conditions.

Construction of the new PSE&G Madison Street Substation is currently 93% complete and fully operational. Site work, storm water improvements and the perimeter wall construction will continue through this year and is targeted for completion in March 2021.
All of the underground and overhead work along Jefferson Street, Madison Street and portions of Monroe and Jackson Streets have been completed. In addition, PSE&G has completed planting 61 new shade trees as replacement for those damaged during construction.

Upon substantial completion of the new Madison Street Substation in November, PSE&G will commence decommissioning the existing Marshall Street Substation. This site will then be cleared out, restored and turned over to the City in April 2021.
For additional details and updates, customers can call our Project 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.