PSE&G Underground Construction Project

PSE&G Begins Underground Construction in Ridgefield Park as part of Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project


(Newark, NJ – August 19, 2014) Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has begun construction through Ridgefield Park as part of the utility’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project. The utility will be installing 15 miles of new 230,000 kilo-volt (230kV) underground electric transmission circuit from its Athenia Switching Station in Clifton to the Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield. The underground route in Ridgefield Park runs from Railroad Ave. to Mt. Vernon St. to Teaneck Rd. to the Bergen Turnpike. Manhole installation construction began on August 18, 2014. Trenching and conduit installation is expected to begin on or about September 15, 2014.

PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project will upgrade the utility’s high-capacity electrical lines in the northern part of New Jersey to comply with requirements set by the PJM Interconnection, which operates the regional energy grid. This project will help ensure safe, reliable electricity to nearly 1 million New Jersey businesses and residents for many years to come. In addition to installing the new 230kV circuit through Passaic and Bergen counties, the project will add 3.5 miles of new 230kV underground circuit through Jersey City, upgrade overhead transmission lines from the Hudson Switching Station in Jersey City to the Roseland Switching Station in Roseland, and upgrade several of the utility’s substations.

Construction dates and scheduled work hours in Ridgefield Park are tentative and subject to change due to the construction process and weather sensitive work activities. PSE&G will continue to take all necessary steps to avoid any major inconvenience. However, road and lane closures with possible detours will be necessary during construction. If possible, motorists are encouraged to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. A police detail will be on site at all times to oversee new traffic patterns. Interruptions will be kept to a minimum.

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews use work area protection, including local police department traffic management assistance, traffic cones, barriers, utility work signage, and flaggers, providing measures for a safe project completion.  The utility reminds motorists to slow down and be alert when driving past a PSE&G worksite.

Residents who wish to receive daily email construction updates may submit a request, with email address, to Regional Public Affairs Manager Arthur Ondish at

For questions about the project, please call PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Project Hotline at 1-877-678-5784 or visit

Fire Challenge: Social Media Stunt

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety/Office of the State Fire Marshal has issued an Emergency Bulletin to firefighters and fire officials statewide in response to a current social media craze. The Fire Marshal has asked us to share this with you, as well.

What is known as the “Fire Challenge,” has resulted in serious burn injury and at least one fatality. This stunt involves young people dousing themselves with a flammable liquid, igniting it, and then posting a video of it on social media.

“The most serious and possibly fatal result of the stunt is that the person, by the very act of breathing, will inevitably inhale the burning fluid deep within the lungs, causing serious and debilitating injury and in one documented case in New York State, death,” said William Kramer, Jr., New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Acting Director and State Fire Marshal. “We wanted our first responders to be aware of what they may be called on to deal with.”

Kramer says dangerous stunts and pranks that have resulted in serious injury have become a staple of social media in recent years. The “fire challenge” employs a widely-held belief that the act will result in admiration from peers, in addition to being recognized as a fleeting celebrity on the Internet. This often motivates the posting of similar actions, which demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the nature of volatile liquids and the rapidity that they can “flash over” after ignition.

The Division of Fire Safety’s effort to inform the state’s local fire corps leaves them better prepared should one of these unfortunate incidents occur in their communities. The Division of Fire Safety serves as the central fire service agency in the State. The Division is responsible for the development and enforcement of the State Uniform Fire Code, as well as for implementing public education and firefighter training programs.