NSTAR prepares to launch Beach Road project to relocate utility poles

A hole is prepared for one of several new utility poles that will be placed on the other side of beach Road. — Photo by Michael Cummo

NSTAR began work Tuesday on a long-anticipated project to remove four utility poles on Beach Street, between Water Street and Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The poles protrude into the roadway and have been a longstanding safety hazard, amputating passenger side mirrors of many vehicles.

In preparation for removing the four poles, a crew began work to install three new poles on the opposite side of the road, town administrator Jay Grande told The Times in a phone call yesterday. No road work will be done over the weekend or on the Monday holiday.

More extensive work to remove the old poles and place the overhead cross wires underground will start after the Columbus Day holiday weekend, Mr. Grande said. Although he has not received a formal schedule yet, Mr. Grande said he anticipates the project may take anywhere from three to six months.

The Tisbury Police Department will post traffic advisories on its website atwww.tisburypolice.org and on Twitter, Lt. Eerik Meisner said.

We’ll keep people as informed as we can based on information we receive from the various companies requesting the police details, and as always we’ll try to keep traffic moving to the best of our ability,” he added.

The project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and NSTAR. It also required coordination with Comcast and Verizon.