As part of an ongoing effort to improve reliability on Bainbridge Island, we're planning to upgrade the electric system to improve safety and electric reliability. This project will take place along Northeast Hidden Cove Road.
The upgrades include replacing several aging utility poles, as well as replacing the existing electric wire with tree wire, where feasible. By installing tree wire in other locations, we've reduced power outages related to falling tree branches by up to 90 percent.
The project also includes a new section of underground cable along a segment of Northeast Hidden Cove Road. The underground design will improve electric reliability by adding redundancy to the system, allowing power to be restored quickly to more customers in the event of an outage.
Preliminary work for the project began in November 2020, and will continue through early 2021. Crews from PSE and our service providers are conducting field work along the route, intended to inform the project design. Additionally, PSE's Real Estate team will be contacting select customers along the project route to discuss required easements.