MIDDLESEX COUNTY — PSE&G will be trimming trees in Edison, Metuchen, Scotch Plains and South Plainfield beginning on or about May 14. The work is expected to be completed by the end of June.
Areas to be trimmed include:
- Edison – Inman Avenue, Rahway Road, Old Raritan Road, Woodland Avenue, Farmhaven Avenue, Calvert Avenue East, Grove Avenue, Park Avenue, Plainfield Avenue and Talmadge Road.
- Metuchen – Mason Drive and Oak Hills Road.
- South Plainfield – Woodland Avenue, Maple Avenue, Park Avenue, Sprague Avenue.
- Scotch Plains – Rahway Road, Old Raritan Road.
Trimming will be done on weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tree trimming improves the reliability of electric service by keeping limbs and branches away from power lines. PSE&G’s arborists and tree-trimming contractors adhere to a four-year tree trimming cycle to reduce the possibility of electric outages. Tree limbs can bring down power lines and knock out electricity when there are thunderstorms or high winds. Even in fair weather, trees can interrupt service when they grow and come in contact with energized wires and equipment.
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. Utility workers will attempt wherever they can to minimize the impact on the trees. These environmentally sound techniques meet the standards of the International Society of Arboriculture and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A 300 Standards for Tree Care Operations.
PSE&G’s web site at www.pseg.com/treetrim has information about the utility’s tree trimming program as well as tips for selecting the right type of tree to plant underneath or near utility poles.