SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – An expansive project to make gas delivery to local homes in South Plainfield safer and cleaner is underway, according to PSE&G officials.
The project, expected to last approximately nine months, is part of the second phase of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program (GSMP II) and includes the replacement of more than 13 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.”
The first part of the project, which residents may have already seen, involves workers testing soil and digging test holes to verify the location of existing gas pipes.
Once test holes are complete, PSE&G’s contractor, Ferreira Construction, 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 have access to their driveways. Following the installation of new mains, 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 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.