December 17, 2018

PSE&G continuing with $175 million infrastructure upgrades

PSE&G is continuing with its $175 million project to upgrade and modernize Hoboken’s power grid. This project will ensure Hoboken has the most modern, resilient and reliable energy system into the future.  The investment by PSE&G involves consolidating the Marshall Street and Madison Street Substations into one station on Madison Street, and will elevate the station to protect it from flooding.  

The project also upgrades the electric system infrastructure, which includes replacing the power lines over 50 years old.  

Additional details about PSE&G’s energy upgrades, which include construction updates, are provided by PSE&G below.

Message from PSE&G on December 17, 2018:

In the coming weeks, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) will begin installing new, sturdier utility poles in Hoboken along Madison Street, as part of the company’s efforts to enhance reliability.

PSE&G is rebuilding its electric system infrastructure to replace or supplement its 50-plus-year-old, 26,000-volt (26kV) lines to bring 69,000-volt (69kV) power throughout the state. PSE&G will install new, approximately 60-foot poles and run electric wires along an existing pole line to accommodate the higher voltage. To date, the company has installed more than 350 miles of sturdier and taller overhead 69kV circuit poles in more than 60 municipalities—69kV transmission lines are the standard of the 21st century and are needed to address increasing demand, reliability and storm preparedness.

PSE&G will work with the Hoboken Police Department on any traffic adjustments to minimize inconvenience to residents. In addition, during work hours, certain parking restrictions may be instituted to accommodate construction equipment. Planned work hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and on some Sundays. There will be no service outages as a result of this activity.

Two week schedule: From approximately, December 18, 2018 to January 4, 2019, crews will be working two blocks at a time, starting at Madison and Observer Highway and moving north. Please note, there will be no parking on both sides of the street. The right parking lane will be open for through-traffic during this phase of construction.

At the conclusion of the overhead electric circuit construction, Verizon will transfer telecommunications and CATV infrastructure to the new poles before removing the old poles. For more information, call our Reliability Hotline at 1-800-901-5035, visit

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we work to complete these important upgrades to the electric system to ensure both safety and reliability.