Jersey City mayor accuses PSEG of ripping up roads

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JERSEY CITY, N.J.–The mayor of Jersey City is halting PSEG work, accusing them of bad work and ripping up roads at a press conference Monday.

Drive around downtown Jersey City and the signs of recent utility work is hard to miss. The freshly covered trenches are very bumpy.

Mayor Steven Fulop blasted the utility company, saying they're destroying his city's "pristine" streets and revoked their permits for seven ongoing projects until they fix the problem.

He says PSEG has shown utter disregard to urban areas.

In restoring roads, PSEG said in a statement: "We don't treat urban and suburban towns differently. While this work may be inconvenient for people, we are making Jersey City's infrastructure more resilient and reliable following severe weather like Sandy."

The most egregious example, the Mayor says, are the crosswalks on Columbus Boulevard where the work crews patched over bricked crosswalks, though they date to 2011 and may be among the newest streets in the city.