Mayor Dina Long said that the projects could go hand in hand since the road is about to be torn up and repaved by the Department of Transportation (DOT)
“A resident who lives downtown very logically suggested that since DOT will be repaving the highway, wouldn’t now be a good time to investigate underground power lines,” she said. “I know council members have done work on this and I wanted to bring it to your attention to see if we can get some answers and investigate the feasibility of it.”
Placing the power lines underground was one of the projects outlined in Sea Bright 2020, a long-term community recovery plan that was unveiled in 2013.
The project proposes the gradual conversion to underground utility service in the borough.
“The utility poles in Sea Bright are decades old, unsightly and vulnerable to storm events, often resulting in outages,” the project description states.
Early cost estimates for Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) to perform that work were $100/ft for residential service, $200/ft for commercial service and $300/ft for transmission service.
Long said she hoped to have some answers on the possibility of converting to underground power lines before the Aug. 15 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting.