BERLIN, Connecticut - January 29, 2009 - The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) is reminding area residents that tree trimming is under way in the town of Westport. The $180,000 project is taking place in the vicinity of Prospect Road, Greens Farms Road, Roseville Road, Cross Highway, North Avenue and Whitney Street and is expected to be completed by the middle of March. Trimming is vital in reducing the number of tree-related power outages and improving service reliability for customers of CL&P.
Tree-related outages are the number one cause of power outages, and regularly scheduled trimming is needed to reduce service interruptions. Trimming is also necessary to provide sufficient working space so line workers can maintain a safe distance from power lines when repairing them.
Crews from Lewis Tree Service are working under the guidance of CL&P Vegetation Management Coordinator Doug Pistawka and Westport Tree Warden Andy Puskus. The tree trimmers are working to create an average clearance zone of eight feet alongside electric lines, 15 feet above the lines and 10 feet below.
Prior to performing any tree work, representatives from Lewis Tree Service identify trees that are dead, diseased, or structurally weak and capable of touching the electrical lines. Following the inspection, residents will be informed of the intended work. Information will be left at the doors of property owners who are not home. Westport residents with questions may contact CL&P's Customer Service at (800) 286-2000.