WEST ORANGE, NJ -    Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), has announced that upgrades and replacement of an underground electrical transmission circuit in West Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Springfield and Union are now beginning.  The work is part of the North Central Reliability Project. The circuits currently in place have not been able to keep up with the demand and the infrastructure upgrade will provide safer, more reliable utility service for residents and business owners.

The circuit runs from PSE&G’s West Orange Switching Station through West Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Springfield, through Union and into the Springfield Road Substation.  Construction is expected to be completed between January and June of 2013. PSEG says service to customers will not be affected during construction.

As per PSE&G, expect construction to occur in the following areas:

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In West Orange: Mt. Pleasant Avenue near Westminster Terrace, Pleasant Valley Way near Rand Drive, Cornell St, and Underwood Dr, and Cherry Lane near Northfield Ave on or about December 26, 2013 – approximately June 6, 2014.

In Maplewood: Cherry Lane and South Orange Ave in the South Mountain Reservation on or about December 26, 2013 – approximately June 6, 2014.

In Millburn: Brookside Dr and Glen Ave near the South Mountain Reservation, Main St near East Willow St, Millburn Ave near Lackawanna Place and Whittingham Terrace near Parkview Dr on or about December 26, 2013 – approximately June 6, 2014

In an attempt to expedite completion, PSE&G has scheduled extended work work hours between Monday and Friday and included some 24 hour and/or weekend work. Work will be subject to weather and construction process issues.  

Motorists are encouraged to select alternate travel routes until the completion of the work.  Local police will be on site at all times.