Repairing ailing infrastructure
Hoboken hell-hole log jam – Repairing ailing infrastructure
Paving, sewer & water infrastructure repairs to create transportation headaches.
Starting around July 21, 2014, Public Service Electric & Gas will begin a major project to upgrade 60% of the gas lines within the City of Hoboken as part of the Energy Strong program (a fancy name for “our shit is falling apart – it’s about time we fixed it.”)
The project is replacing 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe. The new pipes will be upgraded to a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service.
Also as part of the Energy Strong program (which is trying to glom off the “Jersey Strong” BS after Hurricane Sandy), PSE&G will soon begin work to combine Hoboken’s three electrical substations into two and raise the substations to protect them from flooding.
“Mayor” Zimmer has attempted to tie this into some kind of “resiliency” effort, however – this is standard work – regardless of what storms have come and gone. Pipes break, and need to be replaced. Fact. Our problem in Hoboken is that they’re in disarray DUE TO NEGLECT. Trying to spin this into “positive PR” works on brain-dead lemmings – but not to those who can easily read the writing on the wall.
The gas main work will take place in two phases. In 2014, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,000 services south of (and including) 6th Street. In 2015, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,500 services north of 6th Street. (Click on map above for full diagram.)
Planned road resurfacing projects will follow work done by PSE&G, United Water, and North Hudson Sewerage Authority, which will likely cause road disruptions, more damaged cars, and headaches.
50 blocks of roadway and hundreds of handicap-accessible curb ramps will also further tap public funds. The Willow Ave. paving uptown is expected to be done by the end of the month. North Hudson Sewerage Authority will be replacing three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks. Safer estimates put it at 12-16 weeks.
To make life even more of a living hell in Hoboken, PSE&G will have three crews working on the project in Hoboken. The work will involve digging trenches in the roadway, which will result a cluster-fuck traffic merry-go-round in many areas. If necessary, service lines that bring gas to individual homes and businesses will also be upgraded. This will involve digging in the street, at the meter, and in some cases, along the service line. (Starting odds that at least one explosion will occur are at 20 to 1).
PSE&G will contact property owners to arrange a date and time to allow access so crews can install new meters where existing meters are scheduled for replacement. Customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours while this work is completed. Upon completion of the project, PSE&G will restore the property to its original condition. Grass areas will be repaired and any concrete or asphalt will be temporarily patched until final restoration work can be scheduled. Customers will have access to their property at all time.
PSE&G Upgrades in Hoboken: Phase One
Is your street affected?
- Newark Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
- 1st Street between Adams Avenue and Washington Street
- 2nd Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
- 3rd Street between Willow Avenue and Garden Street
- 4th Street between Madison Street and Grand Street
- 5th Street between Willow Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive
- 6th Street between Madison Street and Court Street
- Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 6th Street
- Jefferson Street between 4th Street and 5th Street
- Adams Street between 1st Street and 6th Street
- Grand Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street
- Grand Street between 5th Street and 6th Street
- Willow Avenue between 1st Street and 3rd Street
- Park Avenue between Newark Street and 4th Street
- Park Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street
- Garden Street between 2nd Street and 6th Street
- Bloomfield Street between Newark Street and 2nd Street
- Washington Street between Observer Highway and 6th Street
- Court Street between 4th Street and 6th Street
More information on “Energy Strong” can be found at pseg.com/energystrong. A customer service representative will also be available to answer questions at the PSE&G Customer Service location at 615 Washington Street.
A FAQ on the gas main replacement project is available HERE.
A “fact sheet” on Energy Strong is available HERE.