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PSE&G Reschedules Downtown Ridgewood Work

Underground construction work by PSE&G would severely impact the busy intersection of East Ridgewood Avenue and South Broad Street during the holiday shopping season.
Underground construction work by PSE&G would severely impact the busy intersection of East Ridgewood Avenue and South Broad Street during the holiday shopping season. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — PSE&G representatives agreed to reschedule work on North and South Broad Street to begin in January after a meeting with Ridgewood officials Monday.

The rescheduling was the result of a cooperative effort to resolve the issue of work previously scheduled to begin Sept. 26, in Ridgewood's historic business district.

Village Mayor Susan Knudsen and Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser met with David Hollenbeck, PSE&G regional public affairs manager, who — along with other representatives from the utility — agreed to implement a work-around schedule pushing the start date to on or about Jan. 9, 2017.

That would avoid a critical fourth quarter impact on businesses in that area, according to a press release from the mayor.

“The meeting was cordial and professional,” Knudsen said. “PSE&G officials appreciated the vulnerabilities of our small businesses, especially during the fourth-quarter holiday retail season.

"They responded and we’re most appreciative.”

Rutishauser has begun planning to ensure both the Village and PSE&G are prepared for the January start date.

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