Tree trimming could impact traffic in Indiana Township, Fox Chapel
Motorists traveling on local roads through Fox Chapel and Indiana Township could be affected by brief traffic restrictions while an extensive tree-trimming project winds down.
Asplundh Tree Experts is plodding along roads throughout the Lower Valley to prune branches that could interfere with utilities.
The work was contracted through Duquesne Light.
Lines are being targeted from Guys Run Road south to Powers Run, progressing west. Crews will work north toward Indiana Township.
The pruning is being done on an as-needed basis along 120 miles of distribution circuits.
“It's an effort to keep our reliability numbers high,” said Joe Vallarian, spokesperson for the power company.
Trees and tree limbs are the largest causes of power outage to most all electric companies, Vallarian said.
“Preventative maintenance helps lessen these outages for customers.”
Residents have been notified of the potential work, which is expected to last through September.
“It's hard to say an exact date since it's weather dependent, but we've got good weather right now,” Vallarian said. “It also depends on what they find.”
There have been no issues so far, he said.
“Basically, they're looking to clear anything that's within the right of way of our utility lines,” he said.
They will be on the lookout for smaller, fast-growing trees that have the potential to interfere.
Herbicide will be used in them.
Cutting crews reviewed policies with the borough's environmental advisory council. Vallarian said they follow practices approved by the International Society of Arboriculture.
There have been no concerns expressed by residents that he's aware of.
If motorists are subject to limited traffic patterns, the roads will be posted.
“If we have to close a road, it wouldn't be for very long,” he said.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Cove Run Road reconstruction in Indiana Township to reduce steep grade
- Construction at Fox Chapel Area to limit football game parking
- Big changes await Fox Chapel Area High School students