Tree-pruning crews working for Duke Energy are making their way around Davidson this month, trimming trees near the electric company’s poles and overhead lines.
A crew of about a dozen workers from Asplundh Tree Expert Co. was trimming branches along Concord Road Thursday, between Thompson Street and Pine Road.
Work began on Jan. 14, and is expected to continue through month’s end. Crews are supposed to be trimming and pruning along the following:
- Catawba Avenue
- Depot Street
- Walnut Street
- South Main Street
- Twin Oaks Road
- Meadowbrook Lane
- Vernon Drive
- South Street
- Cathey Street
- Spring Street
- Lorimer Road between Pine Road and South Thompson Street
- Pine Road between Davidson-Concord Road and Crescent Drive
- Crescent Drive
- South Downing Street
- Churchill Road
- South Lynbrook Drive
- Davidson-Concord Road from the roundabout to Beaver Dam house
A Duke Energy spokesman working on the project said the company doesn’t have a day-by-day schedule. “Due to the nature of our work and other demands which could pull us away, we cannot provide a day by day schedule with any certainty,” Rick Owens told DavidsonNews.net.
The company has said it will distribute door hangers in neighborhoods in advance of the work, explaining the pruning process and how trees will be marked.
Tree pruning often raises concerns among homeowners, and in past years, some have complained about overly zealous trimming on town streets. The company say it’s using certified pruning methods.
“We’re doing our best to strike a balance between electric service reliability for citizens and the aesthetics and preferences of our customers,” Tim Gause, a regional director for Duke Energy Carolinas, said in a Davidson Town Hall press release.
Added Mayor John Woods: “We know how much our citizens care about our tree canopy, so our staff has been in discussion with Duke Energy and Asplundh throughout this process.”
The town invites customers with questions or concernst to call Asplundh’s foreman on the job, Garrett Harvil, at 828-284-9222.