With onshore construction of the South Fork Wind farm set to begin this month, survey and construction preparation work are to commence on Thursday.
According to an announcement on Friday by Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource Energy, the developers of the project, the initial work will be within the footprint of the transmission cable’s onshore route. The cable is to make landfall at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott and travel underground to the Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.
The work is to collect samples of previously installed groundwater monitoring wells and to prepare portions of the Long Island Rail Road right-of-way for construction. The well surveys are to be done by a small crew using handheld tools, with the work expected to be completed within a week, weather-permitting.
Additional surveying will travel along access roads and work areas; environmental features including trees slated for removal at the substation location off Cove Hollow Road; within the L.I.R.R. rights-of-way, and on portions of town-owned rights-of-way along roads and where they intersect with the L.I.R.R. corridor.
The developers have said that no trees along Beach Lane or other town roads will be removed, with the exception of some near L.I.R.R. crossings. Trees will be marked for review and acceptance by New York State Department of Public Service staff, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and East Hampton Town before any removal can occur.
The environmental surveys in the rights-of-way will take up to four weeks to be completed. The developers said that no road closures will be required and that any traffic impacts associated with survey work are expected to be minimal. However, appropriate traffic control provisions will be employed when necessary.
Survey crews performing the work will carry proper identification, the developers said.
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