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WAPA Finalizes Underground Transmission Line to Mid-Island Substation

(Friday, June 13, 2014)

Monday June 16 thru Thursday, June 21, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority crews will work to finalize the underground transmission system termination of the 69kV transmission cable along the route of St. Croix underground Feeder #8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The 69kV transmission cable will connect the recently upgraded 69/25kV Estate Richmond substation through a 100% underground electrical duct bank along the Feeder #8 route to the planned Mid-Island substation presently in construction.

Termination will take place at the intersection of route 75/753 in the vicinity of the Golden Rock Pueblo stop light on June 16-19. The termination will continue at the intersection of route 66/663 (Diageo intersection on Melvin Evans Highway) on June 20-21. During this final termination of the transmission cables, Fortress Electric crews will dewater manholes and terminate splices to the manholes.

During this process, customers on feeder #8 will be transferred to feeders #9 and #10, and will remain on those feeders until the Mid-Island Substation is energized at the end of July. Customers transferring to feeder #9 are in Estate Mountain, Williams Delight, Enfield Green, Diamond, Carlton, Whim (partial), Two Williams, Hogensberg, and St. George’s Hill, as well as the Good Hope School, Kmart, and the Henry Rohlson Airport. The remaining customers, those in Campo Rico, Hannah’s Rest, Whim (partial), White Bay, Stoney Ground, Two Brothers, Mars Hill, Concordia, Smith Field, and Frederiksted Town will be transferred to feeder #10.

Traffic is advised to proceed with extreme caution in construction areas due to men working at the intersection of the roadways, and to follow traffic directions for the safety of crews, pedestrians and other drivers. There will be no service interruptions as a result of this work being completed. 

The Authority looks forward to serving the public more reliably through these infrastructure enhancement projects.