UPDATE: PSE&G Trimming Trees in Teaneck
Work to be finished in May or June, company says.
Public Service Electric and Gas has started tree pruning work in Teaneck in an effort to maintain the reliability of area electric lines, the company said.
In a release issued Tuesday, the company said work would take place between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
PSE&G spokeswoman Bonnie Shepard said tree pruning in the Teaneck-area would likely be completed in May or June. Shepard could not provide an exact schedule for Teaneck, and said crews would not be in town every day.
PSE&G’s tree contractor, Lewis Tree Service of West Henrietta, N.Y., must work circuit-by-circuit, with some circuits passing through other towns, Shepard said.
“Our vegetation management staff and contractors understand the value and beauty of having trees in front of customers' homes but have to trim them so they don't jeopardize the safety of residents and of the electric system,” a company statement said. “Growth is pruned away from energized wires and poles along roads and highways using techniques that preserve the health of the tree and direct future growth away from power lines.”
Residents can learn more about kinds of trees to plant underneath power lines or near utility poles at www.pseg.com/treetrim.
Downed limbs wreaked havoc in town during the powerful October snowstorm, pulling down wires and leaving thousands in the dark for days. Crews had to clear debris from nearly every inch of Teaneck’s 121 miles of roadway, officials said after the storm.
Although not a result of the snowstorm, PSE&G recently detailed a plan to improve the reliability of the area’s power grid by upgrading lines and substations.
This report was first published Feb. 23 and was updated Tuesday with new details from a PSE&G news release.