PSEG crew at work in Baiting Hollow. File photo: Peter Blasl

PSEG Long Island is planning upgrades and repairs to power lines in Riverhead to increase circuit reliability and harden infrastructure for severe weather events.

The work will begin in early May and last for approximately two months, PSEG Long Island said in a press release.

Planned improvements include replacing existing utility poles with stronger, more durable poles; replacing current wire with more durable wire; installing shorter cross arms atop some poles to help wires deflect falling tree limbs instead of catching them; and upgrading or replacing deteriorating equipment.

PSEG Long Island crews will work on the following streets:

  • Raynor Avenue between Pulaski Street and NY State Route 25
  • Northville Turnpike between Old Country Road and Roanoke Avenue
  • Ostrander Avenue between Northville Turnpike and Corwin Street
  • Corwin Street between Ostrander Avenue and the intersection at Fishel Avenue and East Main Street.

Work will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., with limited work planned for Saturdays. No work will be done on major holidays, according to the company’s website. 

PSEG crews will provide cones, flaggers and signage at the worksites as needed, and local officials also will be notified in advance of any potential traffic concerns, PSEG Long Island said in the release.

PSEG Long Island anticipates some localized, intentional, short-duration power outages related to this project, according to the company’s website. All affected customers will be notified in advance of any power outage.

“PSEG Long Island is strongly focused on strengthening the electric lines that directly power homes and businesses because electric reliability is more important than ever to our customers,” said Peggy Keane, interim president and COO of PSEG Long Island. “This Power On infrastructure improvement project in Riverhead is part of our ongoing, multi-year effort to continue to improve electric reliability for our customers.”

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]