Jersey Central Power & Light will invest $200 million this year to improve its infrastructure in North Jersey, the company announced Thursday.
Local improvements include building a new distribution circuit to improve power to customers in the Butler-Riverdale area. This will help protect against future power losses.
The upgrade is part of JCP&L’s $2.5 million investment to improve 90 such circuits. The upgrades are slated to improve service to 100,000 North Jersey customers.
Utility poles will be inspected and replaced as needed. Inspections will begin in the spring. Work will be completed throughout the fall.
The company will also trim trees near poles and other structures to reduce the risk of them getting damaged.
North Jersey residents blasted the utility company for its perceived lack of response to restoring power in the days following Tropical Storm Sandy.
"These infrastructure investments are designed to improve day-to-day service reliability now, along with ensuring our system is ready for future load growth,” Don Lynch, president of JCP&L said in a statement.