Hallen Construction was contracted to spearhead the excavation and installation of about 68 miles of pipe, which originated in Sayreville, New Jersey and terminated in Hicksville, NY. The purpose of this massive undertaking was to run conduit and DC electric lines underground so that Long Island can benefit from additional electricity gleaned from the South Atlantic Grid in New Jersey.
The high voltage line travels from Sayreville, NJ, under the Atlantic Ocean, to Jones Beach, in Wantagh, up to Westbury substation, and back south to Newbridge Road in Hicksville. More than 5,800 pipes house the electric line, which brings 600 megawatts to Long Island. This electricity is expected to be sufficient for 600,000 Long Island homes.
The project is the first of its kind in this area since its $1 billion price tag was privately financed. Upon completion, the lines were leased to LIPA.
Between 55 and 60 Hallen workers worked exclusively on this project, which wrapped up in May 2007.