SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - PSE&G has announced that new gas mains have been installed on Wadsworth Ave., Plainfield Ave., and Rahway Ave., and that installation work is continuing on Field Ave., Clifford Street, Tompkins Ave., and Baker Ave.
Further installation work by PSE&G crews is scheduled for S. Central Ave., Conklin St., and Morton Ave. in the coming weeks. All work zones will be coordinated with police and traffic control.
This work is part of the utility’s town-wide project to make gas delivery to local homes and businesses safer, cleaner and more efficient. While residents and businesses may experience temporary road closures, local police officers will be on site to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic during this time.
In addition to gas main replacements, PSE&G crews are also continuing service upgrade work, a process that, because of its proximity to homeowner’s property lines, requires less digging up of roads. This work is continuing on Wadsworth Ave., Rahway Ave., Central Ave., and Firth St., and is expected to take place on Tooz Pl., Laurel Ln., Stockoff Ln., Melrose Ave., Bellew Pl., Maltby Ave., Ellis Pl., Wood St., and Risoli Ter. in the coming weeks.
The project, started in December, is part of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program (GSMP), and includes the replacement of nearly nine-and-a-half miles of cast iron pipes with new, more durable, plastic pipes. Work is expected to continue through 2020 and is performed weather permitting.
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.