BELRIN - Eversource is investing $80 million this year in tree trimming and hazardous tree removal, according to a release from the utility.
“The drought plaguing the region over the last several years may have ended, but the effects are long-lasting and took a toll on trees around the state,” said Eversource Vegetation Management Manager Sean Redding in a statement. “Consecutive infestations by the gypsy moth and now by the emerald ash borer are adding to the problem, that’s why identifying and removing hazardous trees is vital.
“We’re always working to serve our customers better, and our comprehensive tree trimming program is part of an overall strategy to ensure year-round reliability.”
Trees along more than 4,000 miles of overhead lines around the state will be trimmed by Eversource in 2018, according to the statement. The utility has over 16,000 miles of overhead electric lines across the 149 towns it serves, and trims about a quarter of those road miles every year, said Mitch Gross, Eversource spokesperson.
An estimated 58 miles in Bristol, 44 miles in Berlin and 32 miles in Plymouth, 20 miles in New Britain and 13 miles in Southington, are scheduled to be trimmed. Newington and Plainville are not on the schedule for the larger trimming jobs this year, Gross said.
Some of the most extensive work among the 121 communities where tree trimming will be performed this year will be in Woodstock, along 153 miles of electric lines. Eversource notifies customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.
Details on the company’s comprehensive vegetation management program can be found at Eversource.com.
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