Circuit Reliability Upgrades to Begin in Town of Huntington
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Feb. 22, 2022) – PSEG Long Island is improving the reliability of the energy grid in the Town of Huntington. The storm hardening work on these three distribution circuits is part of many system improvements included in the “Power On” program.
“These three Power On infrastructure improvement projects in the Town of Huntington are part of our ongoing, multi-year effort to continue to improve electric reliability for our customers,” said Peggy Keane, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Construction and Operations Services. “We know electric reliability is more important than ever, so PSEG Long Island is strengthening the electric lines that directly power homes and businesses, making them more resilient during storms like the one we saw on Feb. 18.”
Beginning in February and lasting for approximately four months, PSEG Long Island’s licensed and approved contractors will work along mainline distribution lines in the Town of Huntington, the Hamlet of Halesite, the Village of Huntington Bay and the Village of Huntington Station. 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 deteriorated equipment as necessary.
Crews will be working on the following streets in the Hamlet of Halesite and the Village of Huntington Bay:
- E Shore Road between the intersection of Anchorage Lane and Youngs Hill Road and O Hara Place
- O’Hara Place between E Shore Road and Bay Avenue
- Bay Avenue between O’Hara Place and Youngs Hill Road
- Kaiser Hill between Bay Avenue and Vineyard Road
- Bay Avenue between Kaiser Hill and O’Hara Place
- Vineyard Road between intersection of Kaiser Hill and Skunk Hollow Road
Crews will be working on the following streets in the Hamlet of Huntington Station:
- May Street between New York Avenue and Highview Avenue
- Kelsey Avenue between David Court and Broadway
- Broadway between Biltmore Circle and Park Avenue
- Park Avenue between Broadway and East Pulaski Road
Crews will be working on the following streets in the Town of Huntington:
- Clinton Avenue between Mechanic Street and Parmalee Court
- Central Street between West Neck Road and Wall Street
- West Neck Road between Central Street and Nathan Hale Drive
- Nathan Hale Drive between Main Street and West Neck Drive
- Main Street between Woolsey Street and Anderson Place
- Lawrence Hill Road between Carley Avenue and Main Street
- Carley Avenue between Lawrence Hill Road and Woodbury Road
- Woodbury Road between Hawxhurst Road and W Carver Street
- Soundview Road between Chestnut Street and McKay Road
- Oakwood Road between McKay Road and North Street
- North Street between Oakwood Road and Vilno Court
- North Street between Hillwood Drive and Spencer Avenue
- Railroad Street near intersection with Kilburn Avenue
As part of our physical distancing protocols, PSEG Long Island asks that customers remain in their homes when crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with our crews or contractors, we ask that they practice responsible social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away to ensure the health of everyone involved. For more information about how PSEG Long Island continues to live up to its commitments during the pandemic, please visit www.psegliny.com/covid19.
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 FEMA, PSEG Long Island has completed storm hardening and reliability work on more than 900 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 59 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 2021, the sections of circuits that are storm hardened saw a 51% 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 mainlines feed the many branch lines that power the homes and businesses in individual communities.
For more project details, visit https://www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/currentinitiatives/stormhardeningprojects.
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.