Electric system upgrades along Mohawk Trail

This work is part of a multi-million-dollar project

A tree crew uses a crane to remove a 100 foot pine along the Mohawk Trail (Courtesy of Eversource)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Eversource tree crews have been doing work on the Mohawk Trail in preparation for an electric system upgrade.

Crews removed pine trees that were allegedly large, dying and possibly drought-damaged with the help of a 140-foot crane.

Priscilla Ress of the Media Relations office at Eversource says there were almost two dozen hazardous 100-foot pine trees hanging over critical power lines along the Mohawk Trail.

Ress says that in order to protect existing electrical infrastructure and new poles, lines, and equipment Eversource crews were installing, the trees had to come down.

Tree crews first removed the treetops with a high-reaching bucket truck, before lowering the with a crane to a wood chipper below, says Ress.

After the removal of old poles, Eversource crews installed about a dozen new ones, and more than 1,600 feet of new power lines, says Ress.

This work is part of a multi-million-dollar project to improve the reliability of the electrical system to several towns in Franklin County, including Greenfield, Buckland, and Shelburne, says Ress.