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Rt. 18 Gets Power. Businesses and Intersections Are Back "Online"

Complete power restoration could take seven more days for some.

The township announced that power has returned to several sections of East Brunswick, including Route 18. However, the rest of the township may not have power for another seven days.

“PSE&G was working through the night and made some progress in the township,” said a statement from East Brunswick. “Power has been restored to sections of the township and Highway 18 including traffic signals and local businesses such as gas stations (unknown at this time exactly which ones).

“The rest of the Township should be completed within seven days. As a reminder, no traffic should cross those intersections without traffic signals."

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Danae Britz November 01, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Rt 18 by Rues Lane everything still closed no working traffic signals as far as the eye can see.
Sam Sheppard November 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
What about cranbury road? Do they have power?
Susan P November 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
There was a posting by Patch today stating that East Brunswick High School on Cranberry Road, west of Rt. 18, is a place to go to get warm, take a shower, and recharge cell phones, so they must have power. I imagine there will be lines of folks.
Sweeney33 November 01, 2012 at 04:10 PM
PSE&G must have a plan for restoring east brunswick neighborhoods -- can they share it with us so we at least know how to proceed? Like, zone by zone?
rosemarie November 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
At least PSEG is doing something. Jersey power and light told me 7 to 14 days.
charlene capodice November 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Why did i have power on scott road at 139 am today for 10 minutes and now nothing?
John Romano November 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
......must say that in my neighborhood, Country Lane Estates, I have seen ZERO presence of PSE&G......and minimal appearances of tree removal personnel. The power was turned on for 15 minutes last night.....followed by a chorus of transformer expolsions and synchronized late night "fireworks" before all went dark again. If the power can apparantly get to the neighborhood....then remove the trees and fix the glitches. We were one of the last to get power last year after Irene, and after the March 13 2010 storm.....and it seems as if we're headed down that road again.
Hannah A. November 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
we are over on River Rd in EB and also have no power still, although right across the street a development in South River is back up. Does anyone know about the area around the fair grounds and 4 H hall on Cranbury Rd?? We are supposed to use the 4 H hall this weekend for an event and we can't get in touch with anyone to see if it is even usable.
John Romano November 01, 2012 at 07:24 PM
.....FYI regarding Rte 18: I was just on it between Milltown Road and Hillsdale Rd ....intersection lights are all DARK...and businesses are also just as DARK.
Barbara t November 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Try bovitz@aesop.rutgers.edu, she's the 4H agent who should know who to contact. There wasn't power at the log cabin this morning, if that is any help
Joel Gordon November 01, 2012 at 07:32 PM
What bothers me is conflicting info. A PSEG line guy said up to four weeks to clean up the dutch road mess. Another source says nov 5th. The twsp says something else. The end result. This disinformation campaign by our township and PSEG is trying our nerves more than the hardship of our situation. One more thing about the incompetence & misinformation. The township is announces "trunk or treat" while police threatened us when we were standing on dutch road 20 feet from the power lines. How can we reach the event when we can't walk up dutch rd to Get there?
Carrie November 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Seven more days? Clearly residents can not depend on PSEG for power needs. They have made it clear we need to go out and find other power sources like solar heating and built in generators for our needs since they can not support the infrastructure. Ten days with no power is not acceptable unless you live in a third world country.
Hannah A. November 01, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thank you!
Anais November 01, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Does anyone know if Kennedy blvd has power?
DK November 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I lived in a third world country for a few years and no power for 10 days is unheard of! After following Nixle to see the situation in other area towns, the level of communication out of EB is deplorable!!!
Yaofeng Chen November 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
PSEG is a reflection of you and me, nothing more and nothing less. This is after all a local company. You can't blame China or any third world country for that.
MelT November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What about those of us in town with JCP&L ? Why are there never any updates about them?
John Romano November 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
......we ALL just LOOOOVE trees.....and we ALL just LOOOOVE the convenience of electricity. The unfortunate truth is that they cannot coexist when weather is involved. Hurricanes, snow, ice storms ...all wreak havoc on trees and the overhead utilities that they are often adjacent to. The only answer is to get the utilities below ground. Eliminate the need to trim trees in favorable weather...and the need to cut them down after a disastrous weather event.
Barbara t November 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
There appears to be no discussion of JCP &L. They service parts of East Brunswick too. My power has already been out three times longer than it was during Irene. Mayor Stahl, where are you?
Jenn November 02, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Nothing on Ryder's lane but across the street in milltown they have power
Wendy T November 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
That's a great question. Where is he and I don't think anyone should vote him back in. JCP&L is no where to be found. I never see any of their trucks around. I live in County Woods/Kingswood Station. No power at all!!
Ellen Burke November 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
According to JCPL's website, they've restored power for only 100 people since last night. There are still nearly 4,400 people in East Brunswick without power. Saying they suck is an understatement.
Amy November 02, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Sounds like a plan.
Amy November 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I'm voting for all newcomers, the incumbants aren't helping us at all.
EBresident November 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Mayor Stahl has been fantastic throughout the outage, driving all over town and personally responding to individual inquiries. He tweets (@mayordavidstahl) frequently and informatively, and has shared his continuing frustration over the slow progress of power restoration. He is rare among mayors and elected officials in his use of technology to communicate directly with individuals. I tweeted him a question two days ago and he personally responded within minutes. I have no ties to the Mayor, I'm just an EB resident.
Susan Schlueter-Donnelly November 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I tweeted Mayor Stahl and he didn't reply to me....
Madzi November 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Before power can be restored, lines must be cleared, trees must be cleared. Logistics. I called early Tuesday morning to have a tree on my property removed because it's hanging right over my patio and house roofs, right over an exposed gasline. I was told THEN that I was number 300 on the list. I still wait, 3 days later, for someone to come and clear that tree. I'm one of how many people who need trees cleared? People: this is a crisis and there are tree cutters coming from Canada and Virginia and Lord knows where else to help. Until those lines are cleared from brances and fallen trees, power can't be restored.
Abtin Yurgil November 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Here at Cedar Village BLVD we can see the businesses across the street have had power for days, as have the traffic lights between us. We, however, do not. The same thing happened last time. Why is that? Does anyone know? Is our part of the network just that much harder to fix?
Chermel Porter November 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Does the guitar center have power
Madzi November 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Chermel, according to their fB page, no. There's a list of stores WITHOUT power. Go to Guitar Center on FB and check it out.

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