Construction update for the Town of Southampton for Monday, November 23, 2020.
November 23, 2020.
The following is the construction update for
the Riverhead to Canal Second 138kV Underground Cable Project for the Town of
Southampton for Monday, November 23, 2020 and Monday, November 30, 2020.
Location of Work: Sunrise Highway, Old Riverhead Road,
the Canal Road eastbound onramp, and Suffolk County Route 51.
Description of Work: Access way development; cable pulling
preparation; splice manhole and conduit installation.
Timeframe of Work: Daytime work hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Details of Work: On Monday, November 23, 2020, crews
will continue to develop the temporary access way in the grassy area south of
the Sunrise Highway travel lanes in order to provide access to the new splice
manhole locations between Quogue Riverhead Road and Riverhead-Hampton Bays Road
(Route 24). Crews will be clearing vegetation, removing soils, and adding base
materials for the access way. The work is planned for daytime hours (7 a.m. to
7 p.m.), and no traffic impediments are anticipated. On Monday, November 23,
2020, crews will be east of the Riverhead-Hampton Bays Route 24 interchange on
Sunrise Highway, developing access and egress points at the Old Riverhead Road
near Squiretown Road. The access ways will be developed for safe construction
access, and include clearing of vegetation and paving. The work is planned for
daytime hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). No traffic impediments are anticipated with
this work. On Monday, November 23, 2020, crews will begin developing a similar
access way at the Sunrise Highway bridge over Newtown Road near Newtown Court.
Crews will remove vegetation, and begin grading the access way. On Monday, November
23, 2020, the Canal Road eastbound onramp to Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays
remains closed. NOTE: Due to concrete panel work, the eastbound onramp will be
closed to traffic until approximately Wednesday, November 25 at noon. Please
seek alternative travel paths. Additional information to be listed on this
website. Beginning on Monday, November 30, 2020, crews will be placing Splice
Manhole 38.5 in the Canal Road near the Shinnecock Canal Bridge. For the week
of November 30, 2020, Canal Road will be closed with detours to allow for the
work. Crews will excavate the roadway, lift and place the new splice manhole,
and restore the roadway. Finally, cable pulling and splicing will also occur
during the weeks of November 23, 2020 and November 30, 2020. Cable pulling
consists of using large spools to feed the new electric transmission cables
through the splice manholes and into the newly-installed and existing
underground electric conduits. This work will primarily be along Sunrise
Highway, and will not impede traffic, with the exception of Monday, November
30, 2020, when crews will be pulling cable from Splice Manhole 4.5 to 3.5,
which is along Suffolk County Route 51 north of Speonk-Riverhead Road. The work
is planned for daytime hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Note: Crews will be working in
the LIPA-owned right-of-way pulling cable during this timeframe as well. Cable
splicing consists of workers, using a climate-controlled work trailer, working
within it and below ground within the splice manholes, completing the splicing
of the new electric transmission cables. The work is continuous, and lasts
approximately six days.
Travel impacts: Work will be off of Sunrise Highway in
the grassy area to the south of the travel lanes. Travelers should be mindful
of construction activities. Single lane closures on Suffolk County Route 51
should be expected during cable pulling and splicing activities. Detours for
the Canal Road work are posted on this website. Please see this website for
more details when they arise. Questions: Contact us by hotline (631-315-3132);
website (www.riverhead2canal.com); email (email@example.com).
DETOUR ALERT: Canal Road eastbound onramp for Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays.
November 16, 2020.
Road closure and detour planned for the Canal
Road Sunrise Highway eastbound onramp.
Location of Work: Sunrise Highway Canal Road eastbound
onramp in Hampton Bays.
Description of Work: Placement of Splice Manhole 38.5A, and
Timeframe of closure: Monday, November 16, 2020
to Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Details of Work: Crews will be placing a new splice
manhole in the center of the Canal Road eastbound onramp of Sunrise Highway
beginning Monday, November 16, 2020. Due to safety considerations, the onramp
will be closed throughout the construction until Wednesday, November 25, 2020
are requested to use the detours marked in the vicinity, which include using
Montauk Highway westbound to the Riverhead-Hampton Bays Route 24 interchange to
travel eastward. Signs will be placed to alert motorists of the travel path.
Questions: Contact us by hotline (631-315-3132); website (www.riverhead2canal.com); email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PSEG Long Island announced construction timeframe for Riverhead to Canal Second 138kV Underground Cable Project.
April 27, 2020.
PSEG Long Island is committed to
delivering best-in-class system reliability by expanding electrical capacity to
meet the needs of the communities it serves, today and in the future. This is
especially true on the East End of Long Island, where demand continues to grow
and upgrades to the transmission infrastructure are needed.
At times throughout the next year,
you will see crews working in your area to strengthen the electric system by
constructing the "Riverhead to Canal Second 138kV Underground Cable Project,”
Long Island will be installing a new, 138kV underground transmission cable from
the Riverhead Substation in Riverside (just south of the Peconic River) to the
Canal Substation in Hampton Bays (east of Canal Road).
cable will be pulled through existing conduits that were installed in 2000
along an existing transmission corridor and under roads within the Town of
Southampton. Currently, a single 138kV electric transmission line is operating
between these two substations on this route.
accommodate modern electrical standards, 39 new splice manholes will be placed
adjacent to the existing manholes along the current route to separate the
existing line from the new cables. This allows for safe and reliable operations
of both transmission lines. Where the new splice manholes are located,
trenching will occur to allow for short, new sections of conduit to be placed
to connect the existing conduits to the new splice manholes.
new substation equipment will be added at both substations to allow for greater
reliability and capacity.
will generally be working with excavation equipment and cranes throughout the
operations, and traffic control measures will be used to maintain safe traffic
upgrades will ensure that you and your neighbors receive safe, reliable
electric power for years to come.
The existing transmission line is approximately 16 miles long and is operated via underground conduits (pipes) and splice manholes (underground vaults), connecting the Riverhead Substation (Riverside) to the Canal Substation (Hampton Bays). The transmission line is entirely located in the Town of Southampton. They existing transmission line route travels south from the Riverhead Substation in a LIPA-owned transmission right-of-way to Route 51. The transmission line turns southwest and travels to Speonk-Riverhead Road, where it travels south to the overpass with Route 27, Sunrise Highway. The transmission line travels east along the shoulder of the eastbound travel lane until near Newtown Court in Hampton Bays, where it joins Gate Street to the Shinnecock Canal Bridge, where it crosses the canal using existing conduits attached to the bridge. The transmission line briefly follows Canal Road to the on ramp of Sunrise Highway, where it exits to the Canal Substation in Hampton Bays.
is the timeline for the project?
Work is expected to
take 14 months, beginning May 2020 and concluding in July 2021.
are the work hours?
are scheduled to work generally Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some
Saturday work may occur during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
work from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. will occur along Speonk-Riverhead Road in order to
expedite the activities to allow for free traffic flow. The night work will
include road closures to allow for safe and efficient construction practices to
be used. The road closures will be nightly for approximately six weeks, five
days a week. The road will be reopened daily for daytime traffic, and weekends.
Is there trenching/excavation
throughout the entire project area?
trenching and excavation work will be focused in areas around the 39 new splice
manholes. In areas between these vaults (1,000 feet or more) no excavation work
will occur since the existing conduits will be left in place to be used for the
new, second 138kV cables.
there be tree trimming?
Yes. In order to have
safe work areas clear of obstructions, tree trimming/vegetation removal will
occur in the areas near the 39 new splice manholes and access points to Sunrise
Highway which will be generally located on the eastbound side. However, no
vegetation removal will occur where existing conduits are undisturbed, which is
the majority of the transmission route.
Will the project include new poles or pole replacements?
No. The work is underground through its entirety.
Will there be any power outages?
No. There will not be any outages related to this project.
Will there be any traffic interruptions?
Traffic control measures will be used on Route 51 to provide safe work areas for crews and motorists. Speonk-Riverhead Road will be closed, and detours used at night in order to allow for expedited and safe work practices, while giving free flow of traffic in daytime hours. It is anticipated that the closures will last for six weeks, five days a week, Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road will be reopened for daytime use (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and will remain open on weekend. On Sunrise Highway, the work will occur on the southern grassy median area, thus not impeding regular traffic flow.
Do you have permission to do this work?
Yes. PSEG Long Island received permission under New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) Article VII law to perform all work associated with the project. On December 21, 2009, the PSC awarded the "Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need" for the RTC. On April 23, 2020, the PSC approved the "Environmental Management and Construction Plan" for the project, which gives the detailed plan for how it will be constructed. For more information on these approvals, please visit the document library below, or the PSC's website (www.dps.ny.gov) and, using the search function, reference case 08-T-1388.
A brief note on COVID-19
Long Island is deeply committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our
customers, employees and our communities. We ask that customers remain in their
homes while crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with our crews,
we ask that they practice responsible "social distancing” and remain at least 6
feet away to ensure the health of everyone involved. Any contractors that
may be used for this project has provided PSEG Long Island with its safety
plan, which meets current regulatory requirements with respect to COVID-19,
including social distancing measures.
Long Island, like many companies, has robust business continuity plans and
planning processes that predate the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the past several
weeks, we have been reviewing those plans to ensure their effectiveness in this
situation and are implementing them accordingly. In addition, we are leveraging
the guidance of the CDC and state and local authorities in the areas we
operate. At PSEG Long Island, we know that our customers rely on us to power
their lives and businesses. We are doing our part in fulfilling this
commitment. For more information, please visit www.psegliny.com/covid19.
Whom can I contact for more information?
If you have any questions about this project, please contact our hotline via call or text at 1-631-315-3132, or email us at email@example.com.
always, customer and employee safety is our primary concern. Please be cautious
when travelling near our construction work zones.