WOODLAND PARK, NJ - PSE&G has begun a gas infrastructure upgrade project to make gas delivery to local homes safer, cleaner, and more efficient. The work began on Aug. 5, according to PSE&G officials.
The project is part of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program II (GSMP II) is expected to last approximately nine months, and includes the replacement of nearly nine-and-a-half miles of cast iron pipes with new, more durable, plastic pipes.
According to Gas Construction Senior Director Michael Gaffney, reaching out to impacted residents through traditional and social media, as well as mail and door hangers, is part of PSE&G’s efforts to “communicate about the program as extensively as possible” to minimize disruption as the work progresses.
“We work with each community while we work to make the necessary infrastructure improvements.”
As residents along Merline Avenue, Hillcrest Avenue, Cedarhurst Avenue, and Mt. Pleasant Avenue among others have started to see, the project includes extensive work by PSE&G’s contractor, Waters and Bugbee, digging trenches along road surfaces, to lay the new main block by block. While short-term road closures and detours may be necessary, this strategy limits disruptions to customers, utility officials explained.
In addition to gas main replacements, PSE&G crews will also perform service upgrade work, a process that, as residents along Miller Avenue, Brophy Avenue, Pitts Avenue, and Winslow Avenue have already experienced, requires less digging up of roads because of its proximity to homeowner’s property lines.
In order to ensure safety, local police officers will be on hand to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic and trenches are filled in each day. Residents will always have access to their driveways.
Following the installation of new main, 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.
All work is weather dependent.
“The upgrades we are making as part of PSE&G’s five-year program to replace over 800 miles of aging gas infrastructure throughout New Jersey will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of leaks, and ensure the continued safety of gas service for our customers,” Vice President of Gas Operations for PSE&G Joe Forline concluded.