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Brightwaters Project – Town of Islip

A Reliability Project

This project was completed in November 2014.

PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability to our customers and to harden the system to better withstand the types of extreme weather, like Superstorm Sandy. The Brightwaters Project meets the growing needs of local residents and strengthens the system. PSEG Long Island worked closely with local officials to minimize any potential disruptions to residents, manage traffic controls and replenish any disturbed vegetation.

Project Overview
With a project route along Montauk Highway in the Town of Islip, the Brightwaters project was needed to ensure vital electric redundancy and to increase reliability to the area. The project also provides Good Samaritan Hospital and Southside Hospital with adequate backup electric power when needed. 

Information on the Poles

  • A total of 41 poles were installed (37 replacement poles and 4 new poles)
    • 8 poles went from 40 feet to 45 feet
    • 26 poles went from 35 feet to 45 feet
    • 1 pole remained at 45 feet
    • 2 poles remained at 40 feet
    • 2 new poles are 40 feet
    • 2 new poles are 45 feet
  • Damaged/weak poles were replaced
  • The actual height of the poles range from 36 to 39 feet from grade to top, as approximately 6 feet of each pole are buried underground.

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PSEG Long Island actively participates in and adheres to the National Joint Utilities Notification system requirements. We are in regular contact with Verizon, Cablevision, and Lightower Fiber, among others, and notify them when electric equipment and wires are removed, thereby enabling them to remove there wires and the poles.

Tree Trimming
We will trim trees that are too close to the power lines. Pruning will be performed in accordance with ANSI A300 standards, as well as the Best Management Practices – Tree Pruning publication. To improve system reliability, the new PSEG Long Island clearance zone is 8’ to each side, 12’ above, and 10’ below the conductor(s). Learn more...

  • Trees growing near power lines significantly increase the chance of power outages
  • Trees can cause downed lines and power outages on normal weather days and during storms

Optional Design Considerations
PSEG Long Island evaluated all other design options and determined that replacing the poles was the best and most cost-effective way to bring improved reliability to our customers in the area. The cost to underground wires and equipment is, generally, 3 – 4 times the cost of an overhead installation. Service restoration as a result of an underground cable fault is typically significantly longer than that of an overhead line fault (4-8 weeks vs. 1-2 days).

PSEG Long Island secured the proper NYSDOT permits.

Last Updated 08/04/2016 1:57 PM