With approval of its Energy Strong program, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) is upgrading gas facilities in Bayonne.

The utility will be installing new gas mains, as well as upgrading associated service lines that carry the gas to homes and businesses. Beginning on or about August 11, work will take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., conditions permitting. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Customers will be notified when work is about to begin in their area. This upgrade is part of PSE&G’s recently approved Energy Strong program to strengthen and protect the state’s electric and gas infrastructure from severe weather. Customers can find a list of affected streets at www.pseg.com/energystrong.

As part of Energy Strong, PSE&G will replace 250 miles of older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas throughout its service territory. This year, the utility will replace the first 88 miles, with the remainder scheduled for replacement in 2015. These new pipes will prevent water from entering the mains, increasing the reliability of gas service in these locations.

“We’re working to start building the resiliency into our systems needed to withstand the kind of severe weather that has devastated our state in recent years,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. “The gas pipes we are replacing were impacted by flood waters from Hurricane Irene or the storm surges from Superstorm Sandy. Once this work is done, our gas system in these areas will be better protected during future storms.”

To upgrade the mains, it will be necessary to dig trenches in the roadway to install the new pipe. As a result, there may be road closures and/or detours. Local police will be on the scene to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic. At the end of each workday, the trenches will be filled in. Plates will be secured on any other open areas so people can safely drive and walk.

Once the gas mains are upgraded, PSE&G will need to access customers’ homes to connect their service and meter to the new main. PSE&G will contact homeowners to arrange a date and time to do the work. During this reconnection, customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.


PSE&G Customer Advisory

Dear PSE&G customer:

 

New Jersey’s gas and electric infrastructure is on its way to becoming stronger, safer and more resilient thanks to approval of PSE&G’s Energy Strong Program.This $1.22 billion program will allow PSE&G to proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems against severe weather damage like the state experienced during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. As part of Energy Strong, PSE&G will be installing new gas mains in your area, replacing older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas. These new pipes will help prevent water from entering the mains, increasing the reliability of gas service in these locations. In addition, PSE&G will be upgrading associated service lines that carry the gas to homes and businesses. Once this work is done, our gas system in these areas will be better protected during future storms.

  • To upgrade the gas mains, it will be necessary to dig trenches in the roadway to install the new gas pipe. As a result, there may be road closures and/or detours. At the end of each workday, the trenches will be filled in. Plates will be secured on any other open areas so people can safely drive and walk. We may also need to temporarily store material in the area required to complete our work.
  • Once the gas mains are upgraded, PSE&G will need to access customers’ homes to connect their service and meter to the new gas main. PSE&G will contact affected homeowners to arrange a date and time to do the work. During this reconnection, these customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Also, the amount of excavation that is required to access and connect your service line to the new gas main depends on the path and configuration of your service line.
  • Once the work is completed, we will properly fill and restore streets, sidewalks, driveways and lawns. The final restoration process will normally be done within 90 days after the installation is completed, conditions permitting, to allow for proper settlement and assure that the repairs are long lasting.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to build the resiliency into our system needed to withstand the kind of severe weather that has devastated our state in recent years. For more information about Energy Strong, visit pseg.com/energystrong. For questions about the work being done in your area, please call 201-420-3922. Once the work has started, you may also speak to the supervisor on the job site.

 

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews will be using work area protection including traffic cones, utility work signs, and barriers to allow the job to be done safely. The utility reminds motorists to slow down and follow detour signs when driving through the construction area.

 

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