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Saturday, August 1, 2015

PSEG substations progress

The new substation at South Second and Clinton.
The photo doesn't really convey its size.

On West 2nd Street across from the parking deck,
the narrow lot makes the site look quite crowded
with new construction.

Plainfield's section of PSEG's statewide 69KV infrastructure upgrade is proceeding apace.

I don't usually go out South Second Street to Clinton Avenue, but when I did happen to on Friday, I was struck by how large the rebuild of that substation is.

The entire project in Plainfield is designed to replace the existing 39KV lines with the newer high-voltage 69'KC lines. These will be carried on the new taller phone poles you may have noticed along Clinton Avenue, West 2nd, South Second and East 3rd Streets.

You can read more  from PSEG about the entire project here, and the Plainfield section in particular here.

The new taller telephone poles, here along Clinton Avenue.

As anyone attempting to drive through downtown knows, the project has involved a complete tear-up of 2nd Street from the substation across from the county parking deck to Church Street by Union County College.

My guess is this portion of the work is drawing to a close. After the new substations are up and running, look for PSEG to withdraw the temporary equipment on the vacant lot at West 2nd and Madison and a portion of the nearby city parking lot.

Then comes the (promised) rebuild and repave of Second Street.

After which, no doubt, we can expect someone to come before the Council with a proposal for a street opening exactly where the new road work has been done.

It will be urgent, of course. And whoever it is will clean up behind themselves. Of course.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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