Southern Reinforcement Project—Squeezing 21st Century Demand into 20th Century Right-of-Way
By Bill Rusciolelli, P.E., and Sean Crandall, EIT, POWER Engineers
Increased load requirement from the RTO required improvements to the existing transmission system in PSE&G’s southern region. The Southern Reinforcement Project addressed this requirement through a combination of new underground 230 kV transmission lines and improvements to the existing 230 kV overhead system. This paper will focus specifically on the various engineering and construction challenges encountered on one three-mile section of the overhead line built over a heavily utilized railway corridor.