PATERSON, NJ – Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) has launched an extensive project to replace approximately 20 miles of old gas pipes with new piping -- ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system across the City of Paterson. 

“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 said of the project.

The work, weather permitting, is expected to take place Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Some will work will take place on Saturdays. 

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“Like aging roads and bridges, all infrastructures need to be maintained -- and eventually replaced -- to preserve its integrity. Gas infrastructure is no different,” said Michael Gaffney, senior director of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program. “PSE&G has 3,600 miles of cast iron pipe, more than any other utility in the country, and the majority of those pipes have been in the ground for decades. After all that time, cast iron and unprotected steel pipes can crack and corrode. The new durable plastic pipes will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of leaks, and ensure the continued safety of gas service for customers.”

“I am pleased that PSE&G is continuing to perform important work to revitalize Paterson’s aging gas infrastructure,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh. “These additional upgrades will ensure Paterson’s residents and small businesses have safe and reliable gas service for many years to come. We appreciate the patience of our residents as this work is completed.”  

Gaffney added that communicating with impacted residents is a priority and will take place through traditional and social media, as well as mail and door hangers. “We work with each community while we work to make the necessary infrastructure improvements.”

Before construction begins at any location workers test soil and dig test holes to verify the location of existing gas pipes, officials said. Once test holes are complete, PSE&G’s contractors will begin digging trenches primarily 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 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.

The project is expected to continue throughout 2020.

Customers can contact PSE&G at 1-833-661-6200 or at gasworks@pseg.com.