JCP&L nearing completion of electric service reliability project in Toms River

Replacement of underground cable expected to benefit about 2,500 customers

FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Jersey Central Power & Light said it is nearing completion of a cable replacement project to enhance electric service reliability for customers in Toms River, Ocean County. The work, which began earlier this year, is expected to be completed by early fall.

The $470,000 project involves the replacement of 4,200 feet of underground cable, similar to the wires that run overhead along most power poles. Older, uncoated underground lines will be replaced with new power lines coated in a thick shell to make them more durable against elements like dirt, rocks, lightning and water. When completed, the project will benefit 2,500 customers in the Holiday City section of Toms River.

“Replacing this underground cable will help ensure our customers continue to receive the safe, affordable and reliable electric service that they expect from us,” James Fakult, president of FirstEnergy’s New Jersey operations, said. “This work is also being done with minimal disruption to the community during a time when the Jersey Shore is well visited.”

As part of the work, crews are using directional drilling techniques, allowing them to remove and replace the old cable without closing local streets.