NJNG At Work In Burlington County

Southern Reliability Link Project

Where NJNG is at work

Map of part of the Southern Reliability Project's route

NJNG Crew Location 1

NJNG Crew Location 2

CHESTERFIELD
County Route 528 from the roundabout east (Mon – Fri)

NORTH HANOVER
County Route 664 from Rt 528 to Stewart Rd (Mon – Fri)

NJNG Crew Location 1

CHESTERFIELD
County Route 528 from the roundabout east (Mon – Fri)

NJNG Crew Location 2

NORTH HANOVER
County Route 664 from Rt 528 to Stewart Rd (Mon – Fri)

What is the SRL Project?

The Southern Reliability Link (SRL) is a connection between the natural gas distribution system that serves our customers in Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties, and the interstate pipeline system adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. It will serve as a second major feed to support the safe, reliable, resilient distribution of natural gas to our customers.

The SRL will begin at the supply point of the interstate pipeline in Chesterfield Township, Burlington County, and continue through North Hanover, Upper Freehold, and Plumsted until it enters the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. From the base, the SRL connects with our system in Manchester Township. The total distance is approximately 30 miles.

The SRL is being constructed in two phases.

Phase I includes the eastern portion of the project, extending from Upper Freehold through Plumsted and the Joint Base and concluding in Manchester. Construction of Phase I has been completed.

Phase II includes the western portion of the project route in Burlington County, from Chesterfield through North Hanover and connecting with Phase I in Upper Freehold.

These full SRL route is illustrated in the map below.

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Full SRL Route

Map of the Southern Reliability Project's Full Route
Photograph of NJNG installing new pipeline at a construction site

Project Benefits:

The Southern Reliability Link (SRL) will support the safe, reliable, resilient distribution of natural gas to 83 municipalities throughout Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington Counties, benefiting over one million people. The second feed of interstate natural gas supply provided by the SRL is essential to ensuring reliable service and diversified supply of natural gas for the benefit of our customers in the region, including the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Service Reliability for NJNG Customers:

Currently, Ocean, Burlington, and Monmouth Counties are served by one primary, major interstate pipeline, which runs through Middlesex County on the northern edge of our system. Because the majority of the natural gas is supplied through this location, NJNG’s customers in Ocean, Burlington, and Monmouth Counties could be adversely affected by a supply interruption or system failure.

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Service Reliability for NJNG Customers:

Currently, Ocean, Burlington, and Monmouth Counties are served by one primary, major interstate pipeline, which runs through Middlesex County on the northern edge of our system. Because the majority of the natural gas is supplied through this location, NJNG’s customers in Ocean, Burlington, and Monmouth Counties could be adversely affected by a supply interruption or system failure.

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Energy Resiliency for the Joint Base:

These benefits will be conferred by the project on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The SRL will provide critical energy resiliency to the Joint Base, furthering its long-term mission and role as Burlington County’s largest employer and an economic engine for the region.

What to Expect During Construction in Burlington County (Phase II)?

Locations & Hours

NJNG is authorized to work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. At certain times at project sites where Horizontal Directional Drills (HDD) are in use, NJNG is authorized to work beyond 7:00 p.m. More information on HDD and work hour exceptions can be found below.

What work will you see?

NJNG’s work in Chesterfield and North Hanover will require the use of heavy equipment such as tracked excavators, backhoes, dump trucks, and construction materials. You’ll also see safety equipment and other materials in your community.

There may be short-term traffic disruptions, detours, or parking restrictions. We will make every effort to minimize possible inconveniences to you and your neighbors.

While work is ongoing, you can expect to see the following types of construction activities, equipment, and roadway impacts:

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Open Trenching

Open trenching typically involves opening the roadway and digging a ditch where the pipe will be installed. After the pipe is in place, welding is performed to attach the new pipe to the pipe that has already been installed in the ground. The opening is covered with fill, and a temporary blacktop patch is put in place. Temporary patches are maintained until the final restoration is complete, following a period of settlement.

Horizontal Direction Drilling (HDD)

HDD work involves a large piece of equipment that creates a hole underground through which pipe is pulled through. Prior to installation through the underground hole that has been drilled, the pipe is laid out above ground, welded, and tested. This work on the pipe typically happens simultaneously to the drilling operation. HDD is used when to open trenching is not practical due to natural or man-made obstacles.

Due to the unique nature of HDD work when the pipe is being pulled into the drilled hole, NJNG has been authorized to work beyond the 7:00 p.m. daily work hours.

Photograph of NJNG installing new pipeline at a construction site
Photograph of NJNG installing new pipeline at a construction site

Horizontal Direction Drilling (HDD)

HDD work involves a large piece of equipment that creates a hole underground through which pipe is pulled through. Prior to installation through the underground hole that has been drilled, the pipe is laid out above ground, welded, and tested. This work on the pipe typically happens simultaneously to the drilling operation. HDD is used when to open trenching is not practical due to natural or man-made obstacles.

Due to the unique nature of HDD work when the pipe is being pulled into the drilled hole, NJNG has been authorized to work beyond the 7:00 p.m. daily work hours.

WHEN CONSTRUCTION IS NEAR MY HOME OR BUSINESS

Construction activities will generally occur in the roadway or in the public right-of-way. As work schedules are set you should expect to hear from NJNG’s Outreach Team to inform you of timelines and the type of work occurring in your area.

Some of the materials you can expect to see include:

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Door Hanger

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Door Hanger

Residents and businesses should anticipate temporary traffic impacts, as weak areas will utilize alternating traffic, as further described in the Traffic Impacts section, located in the adjacent column.

Residents and businesses should anticipate temporary traffic impacts, as weak areas will utilize alternating traffic, as further described in the Traffic Impacts section.

Traffic Impacts

Alternating traffic: While work is occurring, traffic will be routed through the work zone using a standard one lane, alternating traffic patterns with flaggers on each end. Additionally, flaggers will be provided inside the work zone to help residents access their homes.

At all times during construction, emergency vehicle and first responder traffic will be accommodated.

As construction progresses along the route, NJNG’s Outreach Team will work with businesses and residents to coordinate other services, including school buses, mail delivery, and sanitation/garbage removal.

Road Restoration

Temporary Restoration

Construction will require open trenching and directional drilling at various points along the route. Once work on a section is completed, temporary restoration of the roadway and/or wider work area will occur. Temporary restoration can result in an uneven surface for a short period of time.

Permanent Restoration

Permanent paving and restoration of the roadway occurs once a finished work area is settled and ready for permanent paving operations. NJNG plans to perform this work at least 90 days after the Phase II work is complete.

This temporary restoration will be in place until the backfilled trench has had sufficient time to settle and is ready for final restoration – at least 90 days after work has occurred.

Photograph of new pipeline being laid out beside a roadway in a construction zone ahead of installment

Our Commitment to Safety

AT NJNG, SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

 

Whether you’re at home, work or in a public place, it’s likely you’re in an area served by the 2.4 million miles of pipelines that safely deliver natural gas to almost 70 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the United States. In fact, according to the United States Department of Transportation, pipelines are the safest form of energy transportation.

All of these efforts allow NJNG and the natural gas industry to continue to safely deliver clean, energy-efficient natural gas every day.

NJNG works with industry leaders, peer groups, and regulators to continually improve our pipeline safety operations, including design and construction techniques, inspection programs, and workforce instruction. We conduct extensive training and periodic drills with emergency responders and state and local agencies to test procedures, logistics, and communications and ensure emergency plans are in place. And, as an active member of New Jersey One Call, NJNG participates in widespread public education programs to promote safe digging practices.

We bring this same commitment to safety to the SRL. NJNG follows the most stringent federal and state design standards for projects such as this. NJNG designs, constructs, and operates all of its systems to the same high standard and focus on safety.

To ensure safety and reliability, the SRL will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our natural gas control room at our Wall, New Jersey headquarters. Remotely controlled valves will be installed along the project, giving NJNG the ability to shut down the flow of natural gas, if necessary.

Once operational, we will conduct a leak survey of the entire SRL every year, and perform physical inspections of the full route each month. A system will also be installed to protect the SRL from corrosion, which will be regularly inspected. Periodically, a proactive, in-line inspection will be completed to assess the SRL’s integrity from the inside out. And, whenever third-party excavation is proposed in the vicinity of the SRL, our personnel will be on-site to monitor any activity as necessary to protect its integrity.

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The SRL will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Remotely controlled valves will be installed along the project, giving NJNG the ability to shut down the flow of natural gas.

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Also, we will conduct a leak survey of the entire SRL every year, and perform physical inspections of the full route.

We continually review and revise our emergency plans, keep them current and ensure state, county, and local emergency management personnel are familiar with our system. Furthermore, we work closely with emergency responders and local officials in our communities to ensure safety and prevent and prepare for emergencies.

For more information on NJNG’s commitment to pipeline safety, visit our pipeline safety page.

Contact Us

Have a question for us? Send our dedicated Outreach Team an email or leave a message on our hotline, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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