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MCRP in Monmouth County
While Monmouth County has always been one of the most populated counties in New Jersey, over the past 30 years its population growth has significantly outpaced the rest of the state. A drive along Route 18 or Route 35 demonstrates the incredible volume of new retail, commercial and residential development that has accompanied that growth. In addition to hosting the second largest shopping mall in the state, the county has also become home to a number of smaller retail centers and mixed use developments.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, built less than eight years ago, has grown to more than 120 stores – while the more recent and much celebrated Pier Village in Long Branch City has added new retail and residential development along the beach front. In fact, Pier Village has announced a third phase of construction that will include a 100-room hotel, 275 residences, 20,000 square feet of retail space and a new oceanfront public park.
While this growth has brought many new businesses and jobs into the community, it has also increased demand for electricity. All the new homes, stores, office parks, and the resulting support structures are now drawing from an electric system that hasn’t been substantially upgraded in more than 30 years.
At JCP&L, it’s our job to make sure our customers in Monmouth County have the power they need when they need it. That’s why the Monmouth County Reliability Project is so important – this project will help reduce the length and frequency of service disruptions while delivering the dependable power our customers need.
The proposed MCRP route of will start at the substation in Aberdeen, and will follow the New Jersey Transit corridor right-of-way through Hazlet, Holmdel, and Middleton before ending at the substation in Red Bank.