Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has begun work on its $24 million 2013 vegetation management program and several Long Branch-Eatontown towns are slated for work this month.
Work in February includes more than 300 miles in the following Monmouth County municipalities: Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Deal, Asbury Park, Monmouth Beach, Ocean and Sea Bright.
"The vegetation management program is an important component of our annual investment in infrastructure to deliver reliable service to customers,” JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a release. “The severe weather events that our region has experienced over the past few years have heightened everyone’s awareness about how trees impact electric infrastructure and the potential dangerous conditions that can result when trees and power lines touch.”
All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L’s certified forestry contractors including Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Jaflo Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., and Nelson Tree Service Inc.
"To help maintain safe and reliable electric service, JCP&L regularly trims trees and conducts vegetation management work along its electric distribution lines on a four year cycle," a JCP&L release states. "The company’s certified forestry experts inspect vegetation near the lines and make every effort to prune trees in a manner that preserves the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities."
The release states that trees that are diseased or present a danger will be removed by JCP&L during its inspections in the Long Branch-Eatontown area.
"JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules," the release states. "Customers living in areas along company right-of-ways are also notified prior to work being done."