North Brunswick

Reliability Project Overview

The Metuchen-Trenton-Burlington Project (MTB) is a $739M investment designed to strengthen the electric transmission system by replacing 138,000-volt (138kV) circuits with 230,000-volt (230kV) circuits between the PSE&G Metuchen Switching Station in Edison, NJ and the PSE&G Burlington Switching Station in Burlington, NJ.  The project replaces aging infrastructure in 17 municipalities and modifies, upgrades or reconfigures 17 electric stations.

The project is separated into three segments and requires overhead transmission modifications within existing PSE&G right of ways. The existing 138kV lattice towers supporting the overhead lines will be replaced with monopoles.  Segment IA of the project runs from Metuchen to Brunswick, while Segment IB runs from Brunswick to Trenton. Segment II runs from Trenton to Burlington. This project is anticipated to be in-service in June 2022.

Current Construction Activity:
Q3 2018 - Q3 2019

The MTB project will begin right-of-way (ROW) access road and foundation construction activity at multiple locations along the electric transmission ROW in Edison.  The expected activity will include erosion and sediment (silt socks) controls, z-cuts, and stone and matting for access.

Construction crews have mobilized for drilling and pouring of caisson foundations.
The schedule and locations of these activities are fluid and subject to change based on numerous factors, including weather and ground conditions.  A variety of contractors will be executing the work.

Safety is our highest priority at PSE&G, and it is essential that you and anyone occupying your property refrain from going on the right-of-way during these activities.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: There will be temporary and intermittent closures of the boat ramp located near Hardenberg Lane in East Brunswick.  This process involves daily closures in December 2018 for the removal of wire from the transmission structure south of Hardenburg Lane to the structure north of Hardenburg Lane on the opposite side of Farrington Lake.

PSE&G and its contractors will let down the underbuild wire with a 6K rope machine in a controlled manner and tail out over the roadway:

  • There will be a bucket truck at the structure south of Hardenburg Lane
  • A bucket truck will be position in the middle of Hardenburg Lane
  • Local police and Traffic Safety will be staged on Hardenburg Lane
  • A watchman will be stationed on the peninsula for boat traffic

Going forward, there will be temporary closures of the boat ramp on an intermittent basis from January through May of 2019.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Jaye Cavallo
888-431-0555
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For media inquiries regarding this project, please contact:

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

    The Metuchen-Trenton-Burlington Project (MTB) is designed to strengthen the electric transmission system by replacing 138,000-volt (138kV) circuits with 230,000-volt (230kV) circuits between the PSE&G Metuchen Switching Station in Edison, NJ and the PSE&G Burlington Switching Station in Burlington, NJ.

    Authorized in February 2017 by PJM Interconnection (PJM), the regional transmission organization responsible for planning the transmission system in all or parts of 13 states, including New Jersey, the 55-mile reliability project replaces critical infrastructure that has reached its end of life and improves capacity significantly, while addressing voltage violations in the Metuchen area.  On average, these transmission facilities are 80-plus years old.

    Where will it go?

    The project replaces aging infrastructure in 17 municipalities, spanning Burlington, Mercer and Middlesex counties, including Edison, Milltown, East Brunswick, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Plainsboro, West Windsor, Hamilton, Chesterfield, Bordentown, Mansfield, Florence, Springfield, Burlington, Willingboro, and Burlington City.

    Additionally, the project modifies, upgrades or reconfigures 17 electric stations, including Metuchen Switching Station, Pierson Avenue Substation, Meadow Road Substation, Edison Switching Station, Brunswick Switching Station, Devils Brook Substation, Plainsboro Substation, Dey Road Switch Rack, Forrestal Substation, Trenton Switching Station, Yardsville Substation, Ward Ave Substation, Colonial Pipe, Crosswicks Area Substation, Williams Substation, Bustleton Substation, and Burlington Substation.

    When will it be built?

    The project is separated into three segments and requires overhead transmission modifications within existing PSE&G right of ways. The existing 138kV lattice towers supporting the overhead lines will be replaced with monopoles.

    Segment 1 runs from Metuchen to Brunswick.

    Segment 2 runs from Brunswick to Trenton.

    Segment 3 runs from Trenton to Burlington.

    This project is anticipated to be in-service in June 2022.

    How much will it cost?

    The project cost is estimated to be $739 Million.

    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?

    For questions and comments about the Metuchen-Trenton-Burlington Project, call the Metuchen-Trenton-Burlington Project Information Line at 1-888-431-0555.

    For media inquiries, please call PSE&G's Media Hotline at 973-430-7734. 

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

North Brunswick

  • January 2017 - April 2017

    North Brunswick Switching Station

    Work will continue inside the PSE&G station fence line through the spring. Activity in the station will include, but not limited to: pouring foundations, installing underground electrical equipment, and installing monopole support equipment. 

    Excluding inclement weather delays, PSE&G anticipates working Monday through Friday (7:30am – 6:00pm) and Saturday (8:00am - 6:00pm).

    On Sunday, March 26 and Sunday April 2, PSE&G will be removing wire from a lattice tower inside the PSE&G Switching Station from 9:00 a.m.- 6 p.m. During this time, one lane of traffic on Victory Ave may be closed to accommodate the work and equipment. Local police will be on site to ensure safe conditions for the public.  

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

     

  • Q3 2018 - Q3 2019

    The MTB project will begin right-of-way (ROW) access road and foundation construction activity at multiple locations along the electric transmission ROW in Edison.  The expected activity will include erosion and sediment (silt socks) controls, z-cuts, and stone and matting for access.

    Construction crews have mobilized for drilling and pouring of caisson foundations.
    The schedule and locations of these activities are fluid and subject to change based on numerous factors, including weather and ground conditions.  A variety of contractors will be executing the work.

    Safety is our highest priority at PSE&G, and it is essential that you and anyone occupying your property refrain from going on the right-of-way during these activities.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: There will be temporary and intermittent closures of the boat ramp located near Hardenberg Lane in East Brunswick.  This process involves daily closures in December 2018 for the removal of wire from the transmission structure south of Hardenburg Lane to the structure north of Hardenburg Lane on the opposite side of Farrington Lake.

    PSE&G and its contractors will let down the underbuild wire with a 6K rope machine in a controlled manner and tail out over the roadway:

    • There will be a bucket truck at the structure south of Hardenburg Lane
    • A bucket truck will be position in the middle of Hardenburg Lane
    • Local police and Traffic Safety will be staged on Hardenburg Lane
    • A watchman will be stationed on the peninsula for boat traffic

    Going forward, there will be temporary closures of the boat ramp on an intermittent basis from January through May of 2019.

North Brunswick Switching Station

  • December 9-12

    Beginning on Friday December 9th and continuing through Monday December 12, installation of two monopoles will occur inside the PSE&G North Brunswick Switching Station.

    No construction activity will occur on Sunday. 

69kV Initiative

Reliability Project Overview

PSE&G is currently conducting statewide electric reliability improvements to its utility infrastructure. These enhancements will improve both electric service reliability and system redundancy to ensure safe and reliable service to our customers. Throughout the state of New Jersey, PSE&G infrastructure upgrades will reduce the demand on the existing 26kV network. The projects will install 69kV transmission circuits connecting PSE&G stations around the state.

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