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Puget Sound Energy distribution line project
Winslow area underground distribution line project
Summer 2013 project updates
- We will construct the underground distribution line in two phases.
- Phase one started in July 2012 and was completed in early March 2013
- Construction of phase two started in June 2013 and is expected to be completed in November 2013
The existing overhead distribution line serving the area south of Eagle Harbor (see project map) is prone to numerous tree-related power outages. To improve electric reliability for our customers in the area, PSE plans to convert the existing overhead distribution line to an underground distribution line, decreasing the likelihood of tree-related power outages for our customers.
The line currently runs from Winslow substation (7480 NE Bucklin Hill Road) east on Northeast Bucklin Hill Road, and continues cross-country between Blakely Avenue Northeast and Eagle Harbor Drive Northeast. Our current plan is to relocate this line to the road right-of-way in a new alignment following Northeast Bucklin Hill Road, Bucklin Hill Road Northeast, and Eagle Harbor Drive Northeast (see project map). The existing line running cross-country between Blakely Avenue Northeast and Eagle Harbor Drive would remain as a means to serve some of our customers living along the cross country corridor, and would also serve as a back up power source in the event of an outage on another local distribution line.
We welcome input on this proposed project. You may provide feedback directly to our project manager (contact information is listed below) and through the permitting process’s formal public comment period and public hearing.
For more information on this project, contact Molly Reed, project manager, at Molly.Reed@pse.com
You may also contact us via U.S. mail at:
Attn: Winslow UG Project PSE-09S
Puget Sound Energy
PO Box 97034
Bellevue, WA 98009-9942
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 substation?
Substations are critical links in the electricity distribution system, containing utility circuit protection, voltage regulation, and equipment that steps down higher voltage to lower voltage. Before reaching homes and businesses, power is routed through our transmission system to a substation where it is changed to a lower voltage that can be utilized by customers.
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.
Download the information
Download these PDF files for more detail on PSE's Winslow area underground distribution line project.
Project update notice, July 2012
Cyclist safety notice, July 2012
Project map with phases
Project announcement notice, January 2012