July 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Newark, NJ – Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) will be upgrading their gas facilities in Paterson.
The utility company will be installing new gas mains and upgrading associated service lines that carry gas to homes and businesses as part of their new Energy Strong program.
Work will begin around July 21 and will continue Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of the year.
The Energy Strong program was initiated as a result of a strong series of inclement weather, most notably Superstorm Sandy, that reeked havoc on the company’s infrastructure.
“We’re working to start building the resiliency into our systems needed to withstand the kind of severe weather that has devastated our state in recent years,” PSE&G President and COO Ralph LaRossa said. “The gas pipes we are replacing were impacted by flood waters from Hurricane Irene or the storm surges from Superstorm Sandy. Once this work is done, our gas system in these areas will be better protected during future storms.”
Lines will also be fixed in parts of North Caldwell, Totowa and Woodland Park. Customers can find a list of affected areas at PSEG.com/energystrong and will be notified when work is about to begin in their area.
As part of Energy Strong, PSE&G will replace 250 miles of older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas throughout its service territory. This year the utility will replace the first 88 miles, with the remainder scheduled for replacement in 2015. These new pipes will prevent water from entering the mains, increasing the reliability of gas service in these locations.
Trenches will be dug in the roadway to install the new pipes, which may result in road closures and/or detours. Traffic will be directed by local police during construction. After work is complete for the day, the trenches will be filled in, with plates secured on any open areas for safe activity during the overnight hours.
PSE&G will need to access their customers’ homes to connect their service and meter to the new pains. The company will contact homeowners to arrange a date and time to complete the work.
During this reconnection, customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours.