ENVIRONMENT

Ocean City coastal infrastructure gets upgrade

Captured (l to r): New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Richard S. Mroz, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, South Jersey Gas President Dave Robbins and Senior Vice President Paul Zuccarino.

Ocean City has successfully converted 92 miles of its natural gas distribution mains from a low-pressure to a high-pressure system, to better handle storms like Superstorm Sandy and to protect residents from coastal impact.

The New Jersey Board of Utilities, Ocean City and South Jersey Gas leaders met at 19th Street and Central Avenue to celebrate the upgrade.

“All of us have firsthand experience with the devastating effects that extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy can cause,” New Jersey Board of Utlilites President, Richard Mroz said. “In the aftermath of Sandy, the Christie Administration and the Board made it a priority to harden and improve the resiliency of gas, electric and water utility infrastructure statewide.”

This effort was part of the Storm Hardening and Reliability Program (SHARP), which allowed South Jersey Gas to replace 92 miles of distribution mains along the barrier islands of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

In addition to the Ocean City work, South Jersey Gas also replaced low-pressure systems in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Cape May and West Cape May.