Fairfield County Transmission Corridor Vegetation Project
We're performing transmission vegetation management work along the southwestern Connecticut railroad corridor in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and Westport. The work we're performing here will ensure public safety, help to reduce power outages for thousands of residents and businesses and prevent train service disruptions between Washington, D.C. and Portland, Maine.
In this project, we plan to remove any vegetation within 25 feet from from the outermost wire that has the potential to exceed 15 feet at maturity. This is in line with industry best practices.
In select areas, we'll be planting native shrubs, pollinator plants and other compatible vegetation that supports threatened and endangered species including birds, rabbits, butterflies, turtles and snakes.
Where We're Working
Work will predominantly take place on land owned by the railroad, but there there are some areas in existing rights of way and on town or private property that require tree work to maintain proper line clearance.
Where we have a license agreement for operating and maintaining our equipment on railroad property, we will work with Metro-North on access, debris cleanup, flaggers, railroad track outages and work hours.
In accordance with the applicable state statute, we will work with municipal officials to identify vegetation on town property or within a town right of way and get approval for removal or mitigation.
For issues on a private property where we have an existing easement, we will coordinate the removals with the property owner. Where appropriate, we will also offer replantings of compatible species.
We'll be working along about 2 miles of the railroad corridor. All work will be on the south side of the tracks.
We'll be working along about 3.8 miles of the railroad corridor. Work will be on the south side of the tracks until it reaches Pacific Street. From Pacific Street on, the work will be on both the north and south sides.
We'll be working along about 3.5 miles of the railroad corridor. The work will be on the north and south sides of the tracks until the area near Selleck Woods. From Selleck Woods on, the work will take place on the north side of the tracks.
We'll be working along about 4.5 miles of the railroad corridor. The work will be on the south side of the tracks until the Rockland Road. From Rockland Road on, the work will take place on both the north and south sides of the tracks.
We'll be working along about 4.75 miles of the railroad corridor. The work will be on both the north and south sides of the tracks.
What We're Planting
Throughout the project, we'll be planting a selection of pollinator plants that support creating healthy, sustainable ecosystems. Selections may include:
Known to attract Monarch Butterflies.
Low maintenance, pretty fall color, attracts butterflies.
Hardy, drought-tolerant tree with showy spring flowers.
White flowers in late spring and purple-red foliage in the fall.
Joe Pye Weed
Hardy, remains attractive through the winter thanks to ornamental seed heads that also provide food for birds.
Typical work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
However, given the safety challenges of working along active railroad tracks, there may be locations where work will need to take place at night so the track(s) can be taken out of service. Residents and businesses in the areas impacted by night work will be notified in advance.