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ComEd intends to perform vegetation management activities on certain distribution circuits in Richton Park that are of higher in risk. These management activities are a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of local outages.
Mainly along Cicero Ave (North and South), ComEd will trim trees, branches, and vines that interfere or have the potential to interfere with Richton Park’s power lines. In some cases, tree removal may be required. The remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved herbicide to prevent future regrowth. Herbicide will be applied by state-licensed applicators. Also, all work is performed by trained, qualified arborists, contracted by ComEd. Supervisors and General Foremen will be in close contact with the crews, ensuring that the work is performed properly.
Additionally, we are strong advocates of proactive efforts to ensure that only appropriate vegetation is planted near our facilities, and our easement and leases usually specify vegetation restrictions. Trees that grow greater than 20 feet, for example maple, elm, and blue spruce, should never be planted under or near distribution power lines. At full height, these trees could contact lines and cause a power outage or create a safety issue. On the other hand, trees and bushes that grow to heights less than 20 feet, for example dogwoods or crabapples, can often be planted near distribution power lines.
Below, there is a map of where the vegetation management will be administered.
For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, please visit: http://www.ComEd.com/Trees or call 1.800.334.7661 with questions or concerns.