O&R set to break ground on $2.5M project to bury power lines

The Town of Clarkstown supervisor says he's made numerous requests for the project and is excited for the work to begin.

News 12 Staff

Aug 16, 2020, 3:50 PM

Updated 1,377 days ago

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Work is slated to start this week on a $2.5 million project that aims to improve electric service resiliency in areas hard hit by storms.
Orange & Rockland Utilities is set to break ground on the project Monday to bury overhead electric lines along the Lake DeForest Causeway.
The project comes just under two weeks after Tropical Storm Isaias left thousands of O&R customers in the dark.
As part of the project, overhead electric lines along the causeway that crosses Lake DeForest between Congers and New City will be buried. The effort is aimed at improving service resiliency and minimizing storm-related service interruptions.
 In the past year alone, 20 of the electrical poles along the causeway have been knocked down to storms. Ten poles fell across the causeway due to Isaias.
The Town of Clarkstown supervisor says he's made numerous requests for this project and is excited for it to start.
"It's huge," says Supervisor George Hoehmann. "There are thousands of people that go out of power whenever the causeway goes down, and very shortly that project will be completed and it'll be a much resilient portion of the grid for the people of Congers, New City and throughout the entire county."
The work is set to begin tomorrow morning and last about sic weeks. It will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., so if drivers who travel on the causeway during those times should be advised to use extra caution, and plan accordingly for delays and detours.
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