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Eight more weeks: Another PSEG transmission cable repair to take place on Ocean Avenue

Village by: Chrissy Ruggeri, March 25, 2023

A “small imperfection” in a new transmission cable on Ocean Avenue will require an estimated eight weeks to fix.

On Monday, March 27, PSEG will begin work to repair the fourth fault found in its transmission cable running through Ocean Avenue. This time, no fluid leaks have been detected – Northport Village Administrator Roland Buzard described the issue as a minuscule imperfection in the recently replaced cable. The repair work is expected to take months, with a completion date estimated to be in early June.

Northport Village experienced transmission cable faults in January, March and July of 2022, all resulting in the release of dielectric fluid. The latest cable replacement, which occurred on Ocean Avenue over the summer, ran 900 feet; after the project completion, PSEG detected that it wasn’t working properly and began searching for the issue, which was eventually narrowed down to a 100-foot section of cable. X-ray testing determined that the new cable had a small imperfection, requiring yet another replacement.

PSEG is scheduled to begin repairs to the Ocean Avenue transmission line on Monday, March 27. The repairs follow weeks of National Grid work on the same strip of road, as part of the main gas line replacement project simultaneously occurring throughout Northport Village.

Ocean Avenue’s southbound lane, between Valley Avenue and Dogwood Road, will be closed throughout the process, and an alternating traffic pattern will be directed by PSEG flaggers. The project is estimated to last eight weeks.