Bergen-Linden Corridor Upgrade Project

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About the Project

The Bergen to Linden Corridor Upgrade Project is a $1.2 billion investment [see Forward Looking statement] to build a 345kV transmission system running from PSE&G’s Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield, NJ to its Linden Switching Station in Linden, NJ.

Mandated by PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization (RTO) responsible for planning the transmission system in all or parts of 13 states, including New Jersey, the project is designed to replace the existing 138kV transmission system from Bergen to Linden with a double circuit 345kV transmission system. PJM determined that this new transmission system is necessary to ensure reliable electric service, eliminate anticipated transmission constraints, and respond to PJM/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-mandated infrastructure expansion. The project will eliminate electric system capacity issues in Northern New Jersey, providing better power quality in the region. On December 11, 2013, PJM assigned construction responsibility for the project to PSE&G.

The project will be separated into three phases and will require overhead transmission modifications within existing PSE&G right of ways, as well as underground cable replacements and new 345kV cable routes. There will be major upgrades to 9 existing stations, and the construction of a new switching station at Newark Liberty International Airport.  The route and stations extend through seven municipalities in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union Counties, including Ridgefield, North Bergen, Jersey City, Bayonne, Newark, Elizabeth, and Linden. The existing 138kV lattice towers supporting the overhead lines will be replaced with monopoles or new lattice towers, depending on design conditions, material lead times, and permit conditions.  The underground transmission lines will be using a combination of new and existing conduits, and existing stations will be upgraded almost entirely within existing fence lines.

PHASE 1: Marion – Bergen 345kV Conversion Overhead

Phase 1 focused upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Hudson-Bergen/Marion-Bergen 230kV and 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Bergen, North Bergen, Homestead, Penhorn, and Marion stations. Construction of Phase 1 commenced in Q3 2014 and was placed in-service in June 2016.

PHASE 2: Linden - Bayway 345kV Conversion Overhead

Phase 2 will focus upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Linden-Bayway 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Linden and Bayway stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2017.

PHASE 3: Bayway - Marion 345kV Conversion Underground

Phase 3 will focus on work to be performed upon the facilities interconnected by underground cable, looping together the Bayway, North Avenue, Newark Airport, Bayonne and Marion stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2018. The underground system will serve to loop together the facilities upgraded in Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the project.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Rich Dwyer
1-800-541-9020

For media inquiries regarding this project, please contact:

PSE&G's Media Hotline
973-430-7734
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  • Why is this project needed?

    PJM, the regional entity responsible for planning the transmission system, identified the need for the Bergen to Linden Corridor Upgrade Project, which is designed to deliver the electric power required by New Jersey businesses and residents.

    The project will eliminate electric system capacity issues in Northern New Jersey, providing better power quality in the region.

    PSE&G’s Bergen to Linden Corridor (BLC) Upgrade Project will ensure reliable electric service, eliminate anticipated transmission constraints, and respond to PJM Interconnection, L.L.C (PJM)/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-mandated infrastructure expansion in the northeast corridor of the state by replacing the existing 138kV transmission system from Ridgefield, NJ to Linden, NJ with a double circuit 345kV transmission system.  The project will require overhead and underground transmission circuit upgrades, as well as modifications to existing electric stations, and the construction of a new substation.

    People are using more electricity to power everything from big-screen televisions to computers and the latest kitchen appliances. The existing transmission system in the project area dates back to the 1920’s.

    How was this route selected?

    The selected route for the overhead and underground transmission upgrades follows existing PSE&G right-of-ways for the project from the PSE&G’s Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield, NJ to the Linden Switching Station in Linden, NJ, thereby minimizing the construction impact to the surrounding communities.

    Where will it go?

    The project will be separated into three phases and will require overhead transmission modifications within existing PSE&G right of ways, as well as underground cable replacements and new 345kV cable routes. There will be major upgrades to 9 existing stations, and the construction of a new switching station at Newark Liberty International Airport.  The route and stations extend through seven municipalities in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union Counties, including Ridgefield, North Bergen, Jersey City, Bayonne, Newark, Elizabeth, and Linden. The existing 138kV lattice towers supporting the overhead lines will be replaced with monopoles or new lattice towers, depending on design conditions, material lead times, and permit conditions.  The underground transmission lines will be using a combination of new and existing conduits, and existing stations will be upgraded almost entirely within existing fence lines.

    When will it be built?

    Phase 1 will focus upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Hudson-Bergen/Marion-Bergen 230kV and 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Bergen Switch, North Bergen, Homestead, Penhorn, and Marion stations. Construction of Phase 1 is expected to commence on or about August 2014, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2016.

    Phase 2 will focus upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Linden - Bayway 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Linden and Bayway stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2017.

    Phase 3 will focus on work to be performed upon the facilities interconnected by underground cable, looping together the Bayway, North Ave, Newark Airport, Bayonne and Marion stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2018. The underground system will serve to loop together the facilities upgraded in Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the project.

    How much will it cost?

    The project cost is estimated to be $1.2 billion.

    What are the benefits to the region?

    The work within our stations and right of ways will be beneficial to deliver safe, reliable electric service to our customers, increase the resiliency of the electric transmission system, and foster economic growth in New Jersey by creating construction jobs and providing vital electric service for further economic growth.

    What approvals are you seeking?

    PSE&G will secure all required permits and approvals from all federal, state and local governmental agencies with jurisdiction over the upgrade project.

    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 call our toll free project hotline at 1-800-541-9020.

Elizabeth

January 30, 2017 through February 3, 2017

Bridge attachment work:

  • Veterans Memorial Drive Bridge.

Sewer lateral cleanout installation: 

  • Second Street from Port Ave. to Third Ave.

Wire Pulling Activity:

  • Arnett St. & S. 5th Street
  • S. 5th Street & 4th Avenue
  • 4th Avenue and the intersection at High Street
  • S. Spring Street & 3rd Avenue

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

Jersey City

  • Major work on this portion of the project is not currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for construction updates.

Linden

  • Major work on this portion of the project is not currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for construction updates.

Newark

  • Major work on this portion of the project is not currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for construction updates.

North Bergen

  •  Major work on this portion of the project is not currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for construction updates.

Ridgefield

  • Major work on this portion of the project is not currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for construction updates.
January 07, 2016

PSE&G Begins Underground Construction in Bayonne as part of Bergen-Linden Corridor Electric Reliability Project

Contact for media:Jaye Cavallo (732-540-5824)

For customers & others:  800 436-7734

(Newark, NJ – January 2016) Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has begun construction in Bayonne as part of the utility’s Bergen-Linden Corridor (BLC) Electric Reliability Project.

Construction of the underground route will begin on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between West Third Street and Juliette Street, with manhole installation at “Z-cuts” – sections of pavement that had been previously excavated and temporarily repaved... Continue Reading

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