PSEG Long Island is beginning a scheduled project that will improve electric reliability for you and thousands of other customers in your community. It will replace existing poles and related equipment, strengthening the most vulnerable sections of the energy grid against extreme weather. This work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program.
Project Description and Benefits
Specifically, we will:
- Replace existing wire with more weather-resistant wire
- Install new and more durable poles in several locations
- Transfer main line wires underground in select rear properties to enhance reliability
- Replace switching equipment to minimize the number of customers affected by an outage
Crews will be working on 2 miles of an electric main line circuit on the following streets in the Villages of Kings Point, Great Neck, Saddle Rock, Great Neck Plaza, and Thomaston in the Town of North Hempstead:
- Kings Point Road between Steamboat Road and West Shore Road
- West Shore Road between Kings Point Road and Capri Lane
- Bayview Avenue between West Shore Road and Bluebird Drive
- Old Mill Road between Brookbridge Road and Strathmore Road
- Old Mill Road between Brook Lane and Middle Neck Road
- Piccadilly Road between Middle Neck Road and Berkshire Road
- Middle Neck Road between Preston Road and Allenwood Road
- Barstow Road between Stoner Avenue and Grace Avenue
- Grace Avenue between Bond Street and Colonial Road
Crews will move the main line wires underground along the following streets:
- Bayview Avenue between Grist Mill Lane and Old Mill Road
- Old Mill Road between Bayview Avenue and Strathmore Road
This will storm-harden the main line circuit while allowing the utility poles and overhead secondary electric wires in rear properties to continue connecting residents to the energy grid.
In addition, switching equipment will be replaced at:
- Old Mill Road east of Polo Road
- Piccadilly Road east of Middle Neck Road
When will the work take place?
PSEG Long Island crews will generally work Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with limited evening and Sunday work. No work will be done on major national holidays.
Who is doing the actual work?
PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors.
Will the project include tree trimming?
Trees growing near power lines significantly increase the chance of power outages and pose safety risks. As we expand and improve our electric circuits, we will trim trees, where necessary, following our utility best practice model (ANSI A300 standards as well as the Best Management Practices Tree Pruning publication): 8 feet to each side; 12 feet above; and 10 feet below the conductor.
What size and where will the poles be located?
The new poles will be approximately the same height as existing poles, have a stronger base and will be placed about two-to-three feet from the current pole locations. Removing old poles requires action from all utilities that have installed equipment on the pole. To expedite this process, PSEG Long Island will actively coordinate with the cable TV and telephone utilities, as well as local municipalities.
Will there be any traffic interruptions?
There will be minor traffic interruptions related to this work. To ensure traffic moves safely, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will provide cones, flagmen and signage at the work site, as needed, to minimize interruptions.
Will there be any power outages?
PSEG Long Island anticipates some localized, intentional, short-duration power outages related to this project. All affected customers will be notified in advance of any power outage.
What is the timeline for the project?
This project will start in April 2018 and will take approximately five months to complete.
Whom can I contact for more information?
Customers with questions about the project can contact PSEG Long Island Customer Service at 1-800-490-0025.
As always, customer and employee safety is our primary concern. Please be cautious when travelling near our construction work zones.
John O’ConnellManaging Director and Vice President, Electric Operations