Old Mill Road NE 

Project overview

As part of an ongoing effort to improve electric safety and reliability on Bainbridge Island, we’re making upgrades to the electric system along Old Mill Road NE (see project map below). 

We are replacing several aging utility poles and the existing electric wire with tree wire, where feasible. Tree wire is a specially coated, overhead wire that’s designed to prevent an electric short (and subsequent outage) when a tree limb falls into a power line. By installing tree wire in other locations in PSE’s service area, we’ve reduced power outages caused by falling limbs by up to 95%. 

These improvements will increase the Island’s electric reliability by reducing the risk of power outages caused by falling tree limbs. 

We began preliminary work on this project in 2023. Currently, the project is in the pre-construction phase with construction expected to begin in 2025. We will keep the community informed as the project progresses. 

Old Mill Road NE project area | Click to enlarge