PSE&G Begins Gas Pipe Replacement Project in New Brunswick

A PSE&G project has started in New Brunswick that will replace approximately two miles of aging cast-iron pipes with new plastic and coated steel piping for the purpose of better delivery of natural gas through our area.

The project will take place along a stretch of Somerset Street, affecting a number of side streets. It is part of a three-year project by PSE&G intended to replace 510 miles of gas mains throughout New Jersey.

Construction will take place daily on Roue 27 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Lane closures and detours will be in place throughout the project.

PSE&G expects to complete the project by December of this year.

Below is a press release from PSE&G regarding the project:

PSE&G to upgrade aging cast iron gas facilities in New Brunswick

New durable plastic pipes will improve reliability and reduce possibility of methane leaks

(September 26, 2016) – Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in New Brunswick to replace approximately 2 miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

“These upgrades are part of PSE&G’s three-year program to replace up to 510 miles of aging gas infrastructure throughout New Jersey,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “We are working closely with municipal officials and the department of public works to coordinate construction schedules and are committed to keeping customers in New Brunswick informed about where and when the work will take place.”

The new pipes will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of methane leaks, and enable the installation of excess flow valves on service lines. These valves dramatically reduce gas flow if a pipe is damaged. The elevated pressure of the new gas mains will also provide better support for high-efficiency appliances like furnaces and water heaters.

Beginning on or about September 19, work will take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., conditions permitting, on the following streets:

Street Between Streets
Alexander Street Somerset Street 30′ south of Somerset Street
Bethany Street Somerset Street 30′ south of Somerset Street
Cogswell Street Somerset Street 30′ south of Somerset Street
Florence Street Somerset Street 40′ south of Somerset Street
Freeman Street Somerset Street 30′ north of Somerset Street
James Street Somerset Street 30′ south of Somerset Street
Laurel Place Somerset Street 30′ north of Somerset Street
Louis Street 30′ north of Somerset Street 30′ south of Somerset Street
Maple Street Somerset Street 30′ north of Somerset Street
Somerset Street Harvey Street Van Dyke Avenue
Somerset Street Plum Street 180′ west of Florence Street

Residents will be notified that PSE&G will be working in their area by phone, mail, door hangers and Facebook posts. The gas main replacement portion of the work is expected to be complete in December 2016. The paving and street restoration will be completed in the spring of 2017. Customers can find more information at www.pseg.com/gaswork.

How the work will be done

Before construction can start, the utility tests soil and digs test holes to verify the location of existing gas mains. When this preliminary work is complete, PSE&G will begin installing the new gas mains and upgrading associated service lines that carry the gas to homes and businesses.

  • PSE&G crews will dig trenches, primarily in road surfaces, and lay new pipes block by block, in order to limit the impacted areas on any given day. There will be short-term road closures and detours during construction. Local police will direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic. At the end of each workday, the trenches will be filled in, and plates secured, on any open areas so people can safely drive and walk.
  • After the new gas mains are installed, PSE&G will need to access customers’ homes to connect their service lines and meter. PSE&G will contact homeowners to arrange a date and time to do the connections. During the connection work, customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours. If a gas meter is inside, PSE&G will be relocating it to the outside of customers’ homes or businesses. The utility will relight all appliances and make sure they are safely working before leaving a home.
  • In most cases, PSE&G will be able to install the new pipes without digging in lawns. Lawn areas, shrubs or other vegetation affected by the work will be restored. Grass areas will be raked and seeded.
  • PSE&G will repair roads with temporary pavement until the ground settles. This takes about 45 to 90 days, depending on the weather and soil conditions. PSE&G then restores the roads with permanent paving in accordance with town ordinance and paving requirements.
  • PSE&G crews will use work area protection including traffic cones, utility work signs, and barriers to ensure the job is done safely. The utility reminds motorists to slow down and follow detour signs when driving through the construction area.

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Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).

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