County Road 48 Utility Relocation Project

PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability by expanding electrical capacity and hardening the grid against extreme weather, such as heatwaves and storms like Superstorm Sandy. Over the coming months, you will see workers strengthening the system in your area. While this work is being performed, traffic and parking may be impacted along the route.

Project Specifics

As a result of a Suffolk County Department of Public Works project to realign County Road 48 in Southold, PSEG Long Island will be relocating utility poles near your home or business. Pole relocations will occur on County Road 48 in Southold just west of the Soundview Motel to Chapel Lane and on Chapel Lane. The relocation of the transmission and distribution lines as part of the county’s widening of CR 48 constitutes essential services pursuant to NYS Executive Order 202.6.

Transmission Work
The transmission work includes the replacement of 26 wood transmission poles, the removal of seven (7) wood transmission poles, the installation of four (4) new wood transmission poles, and the installation of one (1) temporary wood transmission pole. Two (2) transmission poles will increase in height between 21 and 25 feet, thirteen (13) transmission poles will increase in height between 15 and 20 feet, eight (8) transmission poles will increase in height between 10 and 14.5 feet, and three (3) transmission poles will increase in height by less than 10 feet.

Distribution Work
The distribution work includes the replacement of four (4) wood distribution poles and the installation of nine (9) new wood distribution poles along CR 48 and Chapel Lane. The four poles to be replaced will all have a height increase of less than ten feet.

Pole relocation is expected to occur in April and May, suspend for the summer months, and re-start again in September and be completed by the end October.

Environmental Assessment Documents 
Documents associated with the County Road 48 Utility Relocation Project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the most frequently asked questions below.

  • What are the work hours?
    Between April and Memorial Day, crews will work Monday – Friday, 7am-5pm. Between September and the end of October, crews will work Monday – Thursday 7am-5pm. In November, crews will work Monday – Friday 7am-5pm. Occasional and limited weekend and overnight work may occur to minimize impact on traffic as needed. There will be no construction work between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 
  • 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 line.
  • 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 occurs, customers will be notified in advance. 
  • Will there be any traffic interruptions?
    There will be some traffic disruptions along the route while the pole relocation work is in progress. To ensure traffic moves safely, PSEG Long Island will provide cones, flagmen and signage at the work sites. 
  • How can I get more information?
    If you have further questions, please contact PSEG Long Island Customer Service at 1-800-490-0025 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 

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

POSTED DATE: April 14, 2020