Press Release

Circuit Reliability Upgrades Begin in Bay Shore, Islip, Sayville and West Sayville

(UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jan. 18, 2023) PSEG Long Island is improving the reliability of the energy grid in Bay Shore, Islip, Sayville and West Sayville. The storm hardening work on these two distribution circuits is part of many system improvements included in the “Power On” program.

“PSEG Long Island is strengthening the electric lines that directly power homes and businesses because we know that electric reliability is more important than ever to our customers,” said Peggy Keane, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Construction and Operations Services. “These two Power On infrastructure improvement projects in Bay Shore, Islip, Sayville and West Sayville are part of our ongoing, multi-year effort to continue to improve electric reliability for our customers.”

The work began in early January and will last for approximately five months. PSEG Long Island’s licensed and approved contractors will work along mainline distribution lines in said Peggy Keane, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Construction and Operations Services. To ensure traffic moves safely, PSEG Long Island will provide cones, flaggers and signage at the worksites, as needed. Local officials also will be notified in advance regarding any potential traffic concerns.

The storm-hardening improvements include:

  • Stronger poles: PSEG Long Island will replace some existing utility poles with stronger, more durable poles that are capable of withstanding winds up to 135 mph. The new poles will be approximately the same height as the existing poles, have a stronger base and will be placed no more than 5 feet from the current pole locations. PSEG Long Island will actively coordinate the removal of old poles with other utilities and municipalities.
  • Narrow profiles: To help wires deflect falling limbs instead of catching them, PSEG Long Island will be installing shorter cross arms atop some poles.
  • Stronger wire: Current wire will be replaced with more resilient and durable wire.
  • Upgrading: PSEG Long Island will upgrade or replace worn equipment as necessary.


 Crews will be working on the following streets in Bay Shore and Islip:

  • Moffitt Boulevard between Grant Avenue and Commack Road
  • Commack Road between Moffitt Boulevard and Wallace Street
  • Wallace Street between Commack Road and Winganhauppauge Road
  • Winganhauppauge Road between Wallace Street and Sunrise Highway South Service Road
  • Whitman Avenue between Cornell Street and Dartmouth Street
  • W Pine Street between Whitman Avenue and Fernade Boulevard
  • Islip Avenue between W Pine Street and Spur Drive S
  • Spur Drive S between Islip Avenue and Ferndale Boulevard
  • Sunrise Highway between Whitman Avenue and Brentwood Road
  • Brentwood Road between Sunrise Highway and Montana Avenue
  • Brentwood Road between Sunrise Highway and north of Redington Street
  • Tillie Street turning into E William Street between Brentwood Road and Brook Avenue
  • Roundabout between E William Street and Sunrise Highway South Service Road
  • Penataquit Avenue between Catherine Street and Union Boulevard
  • Union Boulevard between Penataquit Avenue and Chapman Place

Crews will be working on the following streets in Sayville and West Sayville:

  • Brook Street between Montauk Highway and Dale Drive
  • Cherry Avenue between 2nd Street and Easy Street
  • Easy Street between Cherry Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue


PSEG Long Island prepares year-round for extreme weather to maintain reliable service for its 1.1 million customers. Since 2014, the company has made significant investments in strengthening the electric infrastructure. Using funding from both FEMA and LIPA, PSEG Long Island has completed storm hardening and reliability work on more than 1,000 miles of distribution mainline circuits.

Power On, a five-year program that started in the spring of 2020, continues the work now that the FEMA program has concluded. Since the launch of Power On, more than 256 miles of the most vulnerable distribution mainline circuits on Long Island and in the Rockaways have been storm hardened with stronger poles, thicker wire and other modern equipment.

These investments have strengthened the system so that fewer customers experience outages and, when they do occur, the duration is shorter, especially during extreme weather. In 2022, the sections of circuits that are storm hardened saw a 48.5% reduction in damage leading to outages compared to the rest of the distribution system.

Power On focuses on mainline circuits, the backbone of PSEG Long Island’s distribution system. The main lines feed the many branch lines that power the homes and businesses in individual communities.

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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract.  PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.