The Long Island Power Authority has begun a project to upgrade the electric delivery system supplying 4,245 customers in Riverhead.

“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,” said LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael D. Hervey. “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 Riverhead project consists of installing a new half line up of 13kV switchgear at the Riverhead substation. This will improve the Riverhead facilities and make electric service in the area more reliable by increasing the electric capacity and strengthening the circuit. It will also help to reduce the frequency of outages and their duration if they do occur. This project is scheduled be worked on through October.

The majority of the work will be performed in the Riverhead substation. This is just one of many infrastructure improvement projects planned by LIPA to benefit customers throughout Long Island.

As this work is performed, residents may see crews working in the area. For your safety and the safety of our workers, please respect the work zone protection areas and use caution by driving slowly and giving them the right of way. Customers will be notified in advance if any scheduled outages are required to safely upgrade the electric facilities.