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PSE&G Upgrading Wayne Gas Mains to Protect Against Sandy-Like Storms

Work this summer will replace 250 miles of older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas, utility said.

Six roadways in Wayne will have their gas systems upgraded, thanks to PSE&G's Energy Strong program, the utility announced in a release Wednesday.

The company will be installing gas mains and upgrading service lines on the following roadways throughout the month of July:

  • Park Lane between Rt. 46 and Fern River Avenue
  • Cherry Way between Park Lane and Peach Way
  • Peach Way between Cherry Lane and Park Lane
  • Wills Avenue between Park Lane and Riverview Drive
  • Fern River Avenue between Park Lane and Riverview Dive
  • Minnisink Road to Fern River Avenue 

According to the release, the upgrade is part of PSE&G’s recently approved Energy Strong program, which is meant to "strengthen and protect the state’s electric and gas infrastructure" from severe weather.

Over the next two years, PSE&G will replace 250 miles of older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas throughout its service territory, the release said. The new pipes should prevent water from entering the gas mains, it said.

“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,” Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO, said in the release.

“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.”

The company said the upgrade will require digging trenches in area roadways to install more pipes, which may lead to road closures during daylight hours.

Once the construction is complete, the utility will meet with homeowners individually to connect homes and meters to the new main.

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