LIPA working on system upgrades for 1,500 Riverhead customers

PETER BOODY FILE PHOTO | A LIPA crew at work to fix an outage following Tropical Storm Irene.

The Long Island Power Authority said Thursday it has begun to upgrade its electric delivery system in Riverhead, a move that is expected to improve service more than 1,500 customers.

The majority of the improvements will take place along Pulaski Street, Osborn Avenue, Roanoke Avenue, and Main Street, LIPA said.

“As part of our continual assessment of the electric system, this project will reinforce the existing electrical facilities in the area to meet the increasing demand to serve customer needs,” LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey said in a press release. “By making these improvements, we will ensure that residents living and working in Riverhead have a safe and reliable supply of power long into the future.”

The project also will make electric service in the area more reliable by increasing the electric capacity and strengthening the circuit, LIPA said. It is also expected to help reduce the frequency of outages and their duration.

The work, which includes replacing insulators, transformers, and lighting arresters, is expected to continue through the month of August.