PSE&G To Upgrade Underground Electric Transmission Circuit

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NEWARK–Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is upgrading and replacing an underground electric transmission circuit in Union and Essex counties.

The circuit, which runs through Newark, connects the utility’s Bayway Switching Station in Elizabeth to its Doremus Place Substation in Hillside. Construction activities along the 5.7-mile circuit will be completed between early September and December, with the majority of work occurring from September to November. The purpose of this infrastructure upgrade is to continue to ensure safe, reliable utility service for area residents and business owners. During this period, utility service to PSE&G customers will continue as usual.

Initial work may begin in all three communities as early as Sept. 5, but PSE&G is expecting that the majority of construction activities on this infrastructure upgrade will occur in each community during the following periods:

Elizabeth: Trenton Ave., Atlantic St., 4th St., Division St., Neck Ln., Virginia St. and Lower Rd.;
On or about Sept.12 – approximately Oct. 24
Newark: McClellan St.; On or about Oct. 3 – approximately Oct. 23
Hillside Township: adjacent to Central Ave. and North Broad St.; On or about Oct. 12 – approximately Nov. 1.

To expedite this work, PSE&G has scheduled extended work hours Monday through Friday, with some 24hr. and/or weekend work expected during certain aspects of the project. It should be noted that the construction dates and scheduled work hours identified are tentative and subject to minimal variations due to the construction process. No major road closings are expected, however lane closures and/or detours will be necessary during construction. Motorists may want to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. Local police will be on site at all times to oversee new traffic patterns. Interruptions will be kept to a minimum, and PSE&G regrets any inconvenience the project may cause.

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews use work area protection including local police department traffic management assistance, traffic cones, barriers, utility work signage, and flaggers, providing safety measures for project completion. The utility reminds motorists to slow down and be alert when driving past a PSE&G jobsite.

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