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WAPA Continues Cable Spllcing of New Transmission Line Along St. Croix's Evans Highway

(Monday, January 14, 2013)


The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will continue cable splicing of its new 69kV transmission line at the intersection of Route #68 (in the vicinity of the Hovensa training facility) and Route #66 along the Melvin Evans Highway beginning Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Fortress Electric crews will work from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until project completion. The work will begin along the shoulder of the highway and will not necessitate lane closings in that area. A total of six manholes will be terminated along route 66. While no service interruptions are anticipated, motorists are cautioned to be aware of the construction on Melvin H. Evans Highway from the Home Depot area west towards the Diageo complex. 


The new transmission line will connect the recently upgraded 69/25kV Richmond substation through a 100% underground duct bank along the Feeder #8 route to the planned Midland substation in Spanish Town presently in the design phase. Currently, Feeder #8 is routed underground from Richmond substation along Route #75 to the stop light at Golden Rock Shopping Center, on to Route #703 (Golden Rock Shopping Center south to Contentment Road), Route #70 (Queen Mary Highway), Route #682 (Cool Out Bar to Schuster Water), and  along Route #68 to the Melvin Evans Highway west to Hannah’s Rest intersection.  Feeder #8 is then served by overhead lines to Frederiksted town. Conduits have been installed to Frederiksted town in anticipation of completing undergrounding of the town area as soon as funds permit. Undergrounding has helped to better mitigate against storms and outages and has reduced line loss along the feeder.


The new line will ultimately continue along Route #663 to feed directly from the intersection of the Evans Highway and the Diageo complex into the new substation facility anticipated for completion in 2014. Once operational, the western portion of St. Croix from Estate Profit to Hams Bluff will be served from that facility. Reliability will increase by having shortened feeders and line crews will have the ability to isolate areas for maintenance work, etc. as opposed to interrupting service to an entire feeder.


During the construction phase, Fortress Electric crews will dewater and clean manholes, rack power cables in the manholes, splice, ground, and test high voltage power cables in 50 existing manholes along the transmission feeder route. The installation of the line is funded by the Authority’s 2010 issued revenue bonds at a cost of $962,648 and is part of the Authority’s 25-year plan to upgrade the existing distribution system to a more efficient and reliable system. 


Motorists are asked to proceed cautiously in all construction areas and to follow traffic directions for the safety of crews, pedestrians and other drivers.  The Authority looks forward to serving the public more reliably through these infrastructure enhancement projects.

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