Rockland Electric’s Electric Reliability Project to Close Part of Blanch Avenue

Work on Rockland Electric Company’s electric reliability improvement project to underground 3.2 miles of transmission line from Old Tappan through Norwood to Closter will require completely closing a 980-foot section of Blanch Avenue in Closter and Norwood to all traffic between Livingston Street and West Street, beginning on or about Monday, January 27 and lasting through May.

The overall $28-million project, which began in 2018, also includes substantial upgrades for the Harings Corner and Closter substations. The entire project is due for completion at the end of October 2020.

The project is designed to enhance electric service reliability, accommodate increased electric load growth and further protect the electric system from storms for approximately 14,000 Rockland Electric customers in 10 Northern Valley communities: Closter, Norwood, Old Tappan, Northvale, Cresskill, Demarest, Harrington Park, Alpine, Haworth and Rockleigh

The underground transmission line is being installed within public roadways from Harings Corner substation in Old Tappan along Orangeburgh Road to Broadway to Broad Street to Blanch Avenue to West Street and will end on Michaels Lane at the Closter substation.

Work adjacent to two bridges located on this section of Blanch Ave. requires the closing. The closed portion of Blanch Ave. has no residential or commercial buildings on it. Because of the road closing, some local Closter neighborhoods and businesses, along West St. and Herbert Ave., for example, cannot be accessed from Norwood directly. They can be accessed from local Closter roads coming from the south.

To help manage this road closing:

  • Detour signs will be posted.
  • A truck route detour will be posted for Railroad Ave. access from Naugle St.
  • Truck detour from Railroad Ave. will be as follows:
    • Railroad Ave. to Naugle St.
    • Naugle St. to Closter Dock Rd.
    • Closter Dock Rd. to Harrington Ave.
    • Harrington Ave. to Livingston St.
    • No through truck access will be available on Van Sciver St. and West St.

If you have any questions about this project, please call O&R’s Customer Assistance Department at 1-877-434-4100.

Rockland Electric Company is an electric utility serving approximately 74,000 customers in parts of northern Bergen and Passaic counties and small sections of Sussex County in New Jersey. Rockland Electric is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., which in turn is owned by Consolidated Edison, Inc.

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