The New Jersey Alliance for Action named a Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L)  transmission line project one of “New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects” at its annual award recognition ceremony on Feb. 10. The $48-million transmission line project from Manalapan to Hightstown, New Jersey, earned the honor because of its success in demonstrating “innovative, pioneering and landmark” construction processes and for its contributions to New Jersey’s economy.

“This transmission line project is a great example of what can be done when organizations work as a team to develop a fantastic project,” says Philip K. Beachem, president of the New Jersey Alliance for Action.

Part of JCP&L’s ongoing “Energizing the Future” electrical transmission system reliability program, the engineering firm of Burns & McDonnell provided design and construction management services for the project.

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“The project was completed in a safe and timely manner thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees and business partners,” said James Fakult, President of JCP&L. “We’re honored that it has been recognized as a Leading Infrastructure Project by the New Jersey Alliance for Action.”

Completed in late-summer 2016, the project upgraded transmission capacity by adding a new 115- kilovolt (kV) line running 11.5 miles from a substation in Manalapan, NJ, to a substation in Hightstown, NJ. The project traversed existing power, roadway and railroad corridors in Monmouth, Middlesex and Mercer counties in New Jersey. The new transmission line, plus a range of additional system upgrades, enables JCP&L to address reliability and resiliency concerns in an economically vibrant region of New Jersey where power demand has grown three times faster than average. 

The project was included on a list of recommended system upgrades by PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission authority that coordinates power flows and overall transmission reliability for New Jersey and 12 other states, plus the District of Columbia.