Rockland Electric's $28M Project Designed to Improve, Protect Service

Rockland Electric Company today announced that work is scheduled to begin on or about June 18 on a new  $28-million, two-year, electric system improvement project that will include the installation of 3.2 miles of underground electric transmission line from Old Tappan through Norwood to Closter.

The project, and its significant investment in these communities, is designed to enhance electric service reliability, accommodate increased load growth and further protect the electric system from storms for approximately 13,702 Rockland Electric Company customers in 10 communities.


Those customers are in the Northern Valley communities of: Old Tappan, Norwood, Northvale, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Harrington Park, Alpine, Haworth and Rockleigh.


The underground transmission line will be installed within public roadways connecting Rockland Electric’s Harings Corner substation in Old Tappan and its substation in Closter. The route will run from Harings Corner substation along Orangeburgh Road to Broadway to Broad Street to Blanch Avenue to West Street and end on Michaels Lane.


Work is expected to start onsite for manhole and conduit installation the week of June 18 on Broadway in Norwood. After work is completed there, crews are scheduled to move on to other areas of the project on Blanch Ave. and Orangeburgh Road for conduit installation.

Over the next few weeks, crews will set new manholes along Orangeburgh Road in Old Tappan and Michaels Lane in Closter. This will involve a few days of work at each location. Crews will be returning at a later date to start installing the conduits.

In addition to the new underground transmission line, Rockland Electric will perform upgrade work at both substations, including the addition of new circuits and switches to provide greater operational flexibility, efficiency and control of the electric system there.


An electric substation is an entry point to bring more electricity into the area. The substation takes high voltage electricity from the bulk power transmission system and converts that electricity to lower voltage. The substation equipment then channels that lower voltage electricity into the electric distribution system that runs on local streets to deliver the electricity to homes and businesses


Rockland Electric will be performing this work on its transmission and distribution systems within its existing rights-of-way, along public roadways and on its properties where the Harings Corner and Closter substations are located. The project’s work will be performed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sound levels will be consistent with a typical construction project. 


Rockland Electric is working closely with local government and police departments on this project and plans a collaborative effort to minimize construction disruption along the communities’ roadways. However, motorists traveling on the roadways along the project’s route should expect periodic delays.


Rockland Electric has scheduled this project for completion in May 2020.


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