PSE&G announced that their statewide initiative to upgrade their electric infrastructure would be coming to Paramus beginning Monday, Sept. 23.
Part of this plan requires the gas and electric company to install new utility poles. The new poles will stand 65 feet tall.
The poles run 69KV of electricity between substations in Fair Lawn and Paramus. Residents in Ridgewood and Glen Rock have had issues with the installation of the large poles.
In fact, just over a week ago, PSE&G crews were sent to remove chemical-soaked soil from the base of several newly-installed utility poles on Hope Street in Ridgewood.
PSE&G spokesperson Karen Johnson said in an email that crews were dispatched to the street on Friday, Sept. 20 to remove the soil around seven of the poles and replace it with fresh topsoil.
“In response to complaints from residents, we are taking steps to address the staining that appears at the base of several recently installed utility poles,” she said.
Residents of the street, however, were suspicious of the work, alleging that the utility was removing “evidence” of a chemical leak. Workers reportedly arrived in unmarked rental vans wearing few markings identifying them as PSE&G employees.
Have you noticed the new, taller utility poles being installed? Is 65-feet too tall?