South Jersey Gas wants to alert residents, business owners, and motorists in Ocean City that work has begun to convert the natural gas infrastructure system from lower to higher pressure throughout the city. South Jersey Gas is performing this work to enhance and protect its infrastructure in advance of future significant weather events as part of its Storm Hardening and Reliability Program.
Installation of 2”, 4” and 8” yellow plastic natural gas mains will take place along Central and Atlantic Avenues, from East 6th Street to East 9th Street.
The program’s primary focus is to upgrade lower operating pressure distribution systems. Lower pressure systems, by nature, are more susceptible to water intrusion during significant storms with flooding conditions. By upgrading this infrastructure and associated operating pressures, South Jersey Gas is working to ensure the continued operation of its system during and after a major storm event. All work is coordinated with the appropriate local, county, and state entities.
All excavations will be restored on a daily basis. A temporary repair will be made in most cases until the final restoration can occur. Openings in concrete may be temporarily patched with asphalt until final restoration with concrete can be scheduled. Openings made in grass in the summer season may not be restored until the fall in order to facilitate grass growth. Final restorations and paving in the area is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2017. All restorations are completed in compliance with local and county regulations.
South Jersey Gas or its contractors will be contacting customers to gain access to properties with gas service to complete this work. Crews will work Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is also a possibility that work will be performed with city approval during the same timeframe on some Saturdays to accommodate customer appointments. If residents have questions or would like more information about this project, please contact the South Jersey Gas’ Cape May divisional office at 609-465-2900 and reference the Ocean City Grid 1 Project.