Downtown Riverhead Conversion and Reinforcement

Reliability Projects

We're making upgrades to enhance our system's ability to withstand extreme weather and meet energy demands.

Project Specifics

The upgrades we are working on are necessary to keep pace with the growing demand for electricity across Long Island. During the next few weeks, you will see crews working in your area, strengthening the system in downtown Riverhead.  PSEG Long Island will be upgrading overhead lines and replacing utility poles on Ostrander Avenue, Fishel Avenue, and Corwin Street, and upgrading equipment on Main Street to meet current standards and ensure reliable electric service for years to come. 

Wire and pole replacement will occur on Ostrander Avenue, Fishel Avenue and Corwin Street in downtown Riverhead. A new automated switch will be installed on Main Street near the intersection with Union Avenue.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the timeline for the project?
    Construction is expected to begin in mid-July and take several weeks. 
  • What are the work hours?
    Crews will be working Monday – Friday from approximately 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 
  • Will the project include new poles or pole replacements?
    Yes, 19 wood utility poles will be replaced with new wood poles of similar size that meet current standards. The new wood poles will be five feet taller than the existing poles. 
  • Will there be 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. 
  • Will there be any power outages?
    PSEG Long Island does not anticipate any power outages associated with this project. However, if the need for an outage arises, customers will be notified in advance. 
  • Will there be any traffic interruptions?
    We do anticipate some minor traffic interruptions. To ensure traffic moves safely, PSEG Long Island and its contractors will provide cones, flagmen and signage at the work sites as needed.
  • Do you have permission to do this work?
    PSEG Long Island has secured all necessary permits to complete this work.
  • 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 between the hours of 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. 

As always, customer and employee safety is our primary concern. Please be cautious when travelling near our construction work zones.

Posted date: July 3, 2019