PATERSON, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on Essex Street near Straight Street and Oak Street near Straight Street.
This work coincides with the utility’s city-wide effort to make gas delivery to local homes and businesses safer, cleaner and more efficient. While residents and businesses may experience temporary road closures, local police officers will be on site to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic during this time.
PSE&G crews are also continuing service upgrade work, a process that, because of its proximity to homeowner’s property lines, requires less digging up of roads. This work is slated for:
- East 25th Street near 22nd Avenue
- East 26th Street near 21st Avenue
- 20th Avenue near Market Street
- East 28th Street near 20th Avenue
- East 30th Street near 20th Avenue
- East 31st Street near Market Street
- East 21st Street near Park Avenue
- Park Avenue near Madison Avenue
The project, started in December 2019, is part of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program (GSMP), and includes the replacement of nearly 20 miles of cast iron pipes with new, more durable, plastic pipes. Delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, work is expected to continue until the fall of 2021 and is performed weather permitting.
Following the installation of new main and services, technicians schedule times with homeowners to connect their service to the new system, during which time customers can expect to lose service for about four hours. Gas meters will be relocated to the outside of the property, and technicians will relight all appliances and ensure that they are working properly before leaving the premises.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of maintaining the safety of customers, employees and their families, PSE&G workers and PSE&G contractors follow safety protocols guided by the CDC and NJ State Department of Health, as well as all directives from the Governor’s Office and county/municipal governments. When entering homes, PSE&G technicians will be wearing personal protective equipment and will maintain physical distancing throughout the appointment. Customers are asked to help maintain a safe distance during the appointments and to allow technicians to enter through the nearest entryway in proximity to the meter set location.
Customers can contact PSE&G at 1-833-661-6200 or email at email@example.com.