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Bainbridge Island tree wire reconductor project
Fall 2012 project updates
- The New Sweden Ave NE tree wire project has been delayed until later this year. Property owners will be notified when a new date is determined
- Work on NE Baker Hill Road, Fletcher Bay Rd NE and Eagle Harbor Dr NE is expected to take place in 2013
- The work on each project is planned to be completed within 6 months of starting, depending on weather
As part of Puget Sound Energy’s work to improve the reliability of the energy we supply to Bainbridge Island, we will be replacing portions of the distribution power lines that currently serve the area with tree wire. By installing tree wire in other locations, we have helped reduce power outages related to falling tree branches by 70 percent. Once the work is completed it will improve the reliability of the energy we supply to Kitsap County.
PSE will be replacing existing distribution lines with tree wire on four roads on Bainbridge Island during 2012 and 2013:
- New Sweden Ave NE
- NE Baker Hill Road
- Fletcher Bay Rd NE
- Eagle Harbor Dr NE
What is a distribution line?
Distribution lines are critical links in the electrical system moving power from electrical substations through distribution transformers directly to homes or businesses. Unlike transmission lines, distribution lines typically carry less than 55 kV; PSE's distribution lines are typically 12.5 kV. Distribution lines can be installed both above and below ground.
What is a tree wire?
Tree wire is a specially coated overhead wire, which prevents an electric short in the line (and subsequent outage) in the event a tree limb falls into a line. Tree wire is very useful at preventing outages in areas with many trees. Although it does not prevent outages caused by an entire tree falling into a line (if the tree is heavy enough to cause poles and wires to break,) it can significantly lower the frequency of power outages in your community.
Questions? Check back here for project updates or contact us:
Thomas M. Brobst
Manager Puget Sound Energy
Committed to keeping you informed
PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We will notify residents and businesses near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible.
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Download these PDF files for more detail on the Bainbridge Island tree wire reconductor project.