Pepco Tree Trimming
Pepco, Greenbelt’s electric power provider, started its long talked about system reliability improvement project in Historic Greenbelt on October 22. The first step is tree trimming and removal, and that will be followed by infrastructure and line work. Last week, before Hurricane Sandy came through, I watched a crew of contractors trimming trees along Westway near Ridge Road.
The tree trimming and removal work is done by contractor Asplundh. These trucks are parked on Westway just north of Ridge Road.
Power and cable lines going through trees
Cherry pickers are used for tree trimming.
Several kinds of chainsaws are used to cut tree limbs.
Tree branches are pushed into a Vermeer BC100XL chipper.
A tree on Westway just north of Ridge Road is being trimmed.
The top three lines are power lines and the lower lines are cable lines.
A few workers start to work on the south side of Ridge Road.
The trees that should be trimmed or removed have been marked with a bright orange dot. Here a worker measures the circumference of the tree.
Putting on protection
A worker clears the underbrush.
Branches above the power line are being cut down.
A handsaw is used as well.
Westway south of Ridge Road across the street from Mishkan Torah Synagogue. The top three lines are power lines whereas the lower, thicker lines are cable lines.
Workers have to work around many lines.
Westway north of Ridge Road
A worker walks east on Ridge Road posting “no parking” signs for upcoming tree trimming work.
Cable and power lines go through trees along Crescent Road.
7:30 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
The sign is posted for Monday October 29 through Wednesday October 31, but because of Hurricane Sandy, the work has since been postponed.
The trimmed tree on Westway north of Ridge Road. Half of the tree was cut to make space for the power lines on top of the poles.
The cable lines below still go through the tree.
The cleared area on Westway south of Ridge Road
These trees will be trimmed on Monday November 5.
This tree by Mishkan Torah Synagogue is scheduled to be trimmed on November 5.
The Westway tree on November 4, the first blue sky day after Hurricane Sandy a week ago