ROXBURY, NJ – Natural gas will be made available to many residents in the Shore Hills section of Landing before the end of 2021, a project that will likely also bring newly paved streets, said a township official.
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will begin installing gas mains next spring, said Roxbury Department of Works Director Rick Blood. The plan is to install the lines in early 2020 on about five Shore Hills streets including East Vail Road, Ogden Road, Logan Drive, Dell Road, Colver Road and Ryerson Road, he said.
The next phase would take place in the fall of next year and would include Edith Road, Dinah Road, Davsel Road, Curtis Road, Alexandra Road, Jeffrey Road, Ezra Place, Bernard Road and Williams Road.
NJNG’s plan for spring 2021 would be to bring gas to Laurie Road, Matthew Court, Condict Road and Oliver Road. The fall of that year should see gas reaching Ford Road, Reed Road, Cobb Place, Lyons Road, Salmon Road and the southern section of Mansel Drive.
“We would be paving the following year,” Blood said. “So work that got done in spring 2020 would be paved in spring 2021. We want to leave time for people to hook up.”
The gas company provides free hookups to homeowners that connect their primary heat source, their furnace, Blood said. If homeowners opt to stay with oil or electric for heat, but still want gas for cooking or other uses, they will have to pay about $6,000 to hook up, he added.
Not Everybody Though
The company currently has no plan to install gas mains to a section of Shore Hills between Mount Arlington Boulevard and Lake Hopatcong. This includes Silver Springs Drive and Yellow Barn Avenue.
There are also no current plans to bring gas to what Blood called “the Indian streets” north of Succasunna Road, including Iroquois Avenue, Oneida Avenue, Mohican Avenue and Cayuga Avenue. “I did speak with them about some of the roads they missed,” Blood said. “Those are going be considered in 2022.”
In most cases, NJNG completely paves roads it tears up for gas line installation, especially if the roads have not been paved within the last eight years, Blood said. “The gas company will pave the roads after the township mills them the following year,” he explained.
If mains are installed in roads that were paved recently, NJNG will likely resurface only the side impacted by the installation, according to Blood.