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North Central Reliability Project
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About the Project
The North Central Reliability Project will upgrade existing transmission lines and substations from 138,000-volt (138kV) power to 230,000-volt (230kV) power in the northern and central regions of the state. The upgrade will meet current and future electricity demands by New Jersey businesses and residents, provide better power quality, and reduce transmission system congestion in the region.
The project, which is approximately 35 miles, follows an existing PSE&G overhead right-of-way from the West Orange Switching Station in Essex County to the Sewaren Switching Station in Middlesex County. The line will traverse five counties and go through West Orange, Livingston, Roseland, Florham Park, Chatham Borough, Chatham Twp., New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark, Edison, Metuchen and Woodbridge.
PSE&G received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on June 18, 2012. With BPU approval, construction work has begun and the upgrade will be in-service in June 2014.
Pre-construction activities and construction work has begun on the Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) right of way.
The right-of-way will become an active construction zone. As safety is our highest priority at PSE&G, it is essential that the public refrain from going on the right-of-way during this heavy construction. Please ensure that all children and pets are also kept away from the right-of-way throughout the construction period.
PSE&G's work will proceed in a number of phases over the next year or so in this area. Early on people will see some clearing, as necessary, on the right-of-way. New foundations will be drilled and concrete for those foundations will be poured and allowed to cure. There will be noise and dust associated with this work, just as with any heavy construction project. We will try to minimize, to the extent possible, any inconvenience that may occur during our work.
We also are working in close coordination with the local police departments along the right-of-way to minimize the off-site traffic impacts of our project.
NJ.com: PSE&G starts North Central Reliability power line upgrade
In the News
May 27, 2011 letter to property owners – PSE&G files for BPU approval of North Central Reliability Project/Additional public workshops scheduled
May 2011 letter to property owners – staking and soil borings