Port Madison Tap 115 kV Construction Updates

10/23/2015

  • All construction for the Port Madison Tap 115 kV project is now complete. Thank you for your patience during construction!
  • To learn more about construction of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV project, check out our project video

10/1/2015

 
  • Crews are working to complete the last section of transmission line work between Rotary Centennial Park and Agate Pass. 

  • Next week, tree wire will be installed between Rotary Centennial Park and Agate Pass, and crews will also begin cleanup and restoration.

  • All construction and restoration work is expected to be complete by mid-October. 

  • Thank you for your patience during construction! 

  • To learn more about construction work for the Port Madison Tap 115 kV project, check out our project video

  • As PSE and Potelco complete sections of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV transmission line rebuild, you may see crews from Wave installing communications lines on the same poles on the Kitsap mainland. This is unrelated to PSE's distribution and transmission line work.

9/18/2015

  • Starting on 9/21, crews will begin night work along SR 305, replacing and reframing poles. Work hours will be from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This night work is expected to last approximately one week. 
  • Photo: this past week, crews completed distribution line work along Komedal Rd.
  • To learn more about construction work for the Port Madison Tap 115 kV project, check out our project video
  • As PSE and Potelco complete sections of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV transmission line rebuild, you may see crews from Wave installing communications lines on the same poles on the Kitsap mainland. This is unrelated to PSE's distribution and transmission line work.

9/11/2015

  • To learn more about construction work for the Port Madison Tap 115 kV project, check out our brand new video
  • This week crews resumed work on Port Madison Tap 115 kV. They had stopped work last week to help restore power after the August 29 wind storm.
  • Crews continued to set poles and install tree wire along Komedal Rd NE. 
  • Work is generally taking place Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • As PSE and Potelco complete sections of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV transmission line rebuild, you may see crews from Wave installing communications lines on the same poles on the Kitsap mainland. This is unrelated to PSE's distribution and transmission line work.

9/4/2015

  • This week crews halted work on Port Madison Tap 115 kV to help restore power after last weekend's wind storm. Crews will resume Port Madison Tap 115 kV work on Tuesday.  
  • Work is generally taking place Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • As PSE and Potelco complete sections of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV transmission line rebuild, you may see crews from Wave installing communications lines on the same poles on the Kitsap mainland. This is unrelated to PSE's distribution and transmission line work.

8/28/2015

  • Transmission work along Komedal Rd NE between Hidden Cove Rd and NE Seabold Rd is now complete.
  • The crew is presently setting the last few poles along Komedal Rd NE in preparation of installing the tree wire in this section.  
  • Work is taking place Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • As PSE and Potelco complete sections of the Port Madison Tap 115 kV transmission line rebuild, you may see crews from Wave installing communications lines on the same poles on the Kitsap mainland. This is unrelated to PSE's distribution and transmission line work.

8/7/2015

Work to rebuild the existing Port Madison 115 kV transmission line on Bainbridge Island begins the week of Aug. 10

  • Work will take place Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Since early summer, crews from Aplundh have been trimming trees and clearing vegetation along the project route in order to allow crews to better access equipment.
  • On Monday, Aug. 10 Potelco crews will begin work near PSE’s NE Day Rd W and SR-305 and work toward Agate Pass bridge.
  • Work will entail replacing 12 existing transmission poles with new wooden poles and reframing (reconfiguring electrical equipment such as insulators and wires on the poles) on seven poles.
  • We will install over 8,000 feet of new resilient distribution tree wire below portions of the existing transmission line.
  • Construction will take place along State Route 305, Komedal Road NE, Hidden Cove Road and some cross-country portions along the transmission line corridor.
  • Work is expected to take approximately seven weeks to complete.

7/31/2015

  • Crews continued work along Lemolo Shore Dr this past week, replacing poles and installing new wire. 
  • Next week, crews will wrap up electrical work on the Kitsap mainland. 
  • Work on Bainbridge Island will begin the week of August 10.

7/17/2015

  • This past week, crews worked along Lemolo Shore Dr replacing poles. So far, 42 of 71 poles have been installed. Work along Lemolo Shore Dr will continue for the next two weeks. 
  • PSE and Potelco will begin installing tree wire and new wood poles in north Bainbridge Island in early August. 

6/29/2015

  • As of Friday, week six of construction is now complete.

  • Tree trimming on Bainbridge Island near NE Hidden Cove Rd is almost finished, and work to complete trimming will continue this week. 

  • Installation of new wood poles along State Route 305 on Kitsap mainland continues. Daytime work will continue to take place generally between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Last week crews completed the installation of a new regulator bank (see photo), which helps regulate the electrical voltage on the line.

  • Email the project inbox at info@psebainbridge.com with your questions and comments. Stay up to date on project milestones and construction – text PMTAP to 555-888 to subscribe to text message alerts on your cell phone.

6/12/2015

  • Today marks the conclusion of week four of construction, and work along Suquamish Way NE is now complete.
  • Installation of new wood poles along State Route 305 continues, but night work along SR 305 is expected to end as early as next week. Daytime work will continue to take place generally between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tree trimming continues on Komedal Rd on Bainbridge Island in preparation for construction.
  • Email the project inbox at info@psebainbridge.com with your questions and comments. Stay up to date on project milestones and construction – text PMTAP to 555-888 to subscribe to text message alerts on your cell phone.

5/26/2015

  • In observance of Memorial Day, crews did not work on Monday, May 25. 
  • This week, crews will continue to install new overhead wire (this process is called “pulling wire” or “stringing wire”) along Suquamish Way NE and will start preliminary work to install new wood poles along State Route 305.
    • Daytime work will continue to take place generally between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Beginning as early as this Wednesday, May 27 and continuing until late-June, Potelco crews will intermittently perform utility work at night (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) along SR 305, north of Suquamish Way. Night work will require a lane closure on SR 305 and will consist of:
    • Setting up construction equipment along the shoulder of SR 305
    • Temporarily removing the existing guardrail and building temporary foundations to stabilize large trucks used for utility pole installation
    • Installing new wood poles next to existing poles and transferring wire to the new poles
    • Removing the existing, old poles
  • To ensure the safety of the public and our crew, we will reduce traffic down to one lane around the construction zone with the use of flaggers, high-visibility cones, and signage.
  • Email the project inbox at info@psebainbridge.com with your questions and comments. Stay up to date on project milestones and construction – text PMTAP to 555-888 to subscribe to text message alerts on your cell phone.

During the week of May 18, crews began work to “string” new wire along Suquamish Way.

A flatbed truck unloads a delivery of new wood utility poles. Crews will begin pole installation as early as the week of May 25.

5/18/2015

Work to rebuild 6.7 miles of the existing Port Madison 115 kV transmission line from Lemolo Shore Drive in unincorporated Kitsap County to the Port Madison substation on Bainbridge Island is officially underway.

  • Work entails replacing 58 poles and installing three new poles; reconfiguring existing transmission line and installing new transmission line; transferring existing underbuilt distribution line to new poles; installing tree wire in select locations; and installing related electrical equipment.
  • One six-man crew will perform the work. 
  • Crews will use various trucks, bucket trucks, a backhoe, and other large equipment to perform the work. 
  • Signs and flaggers will direct traffic around construction zones.

Work along Suquamish Way began Monday, May 18

  • Work will take place generally between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Night and weekend work may be required to maintain the project schedule.
  • Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities and location; some work may be weather dependent. 

Work on Bainbridge Island is anticipated to begin in August, after the crew has completed work in unincorporated Kitsap County.

Our goal is to ensure that nearby neighbors are well-informed throughout construction. We’ll do our best to minimize impacts and we appreciate your patience as we work to safely and efficiently complete this project. Check back here periodically for the latest news on construction and updates on our progress.

Email the project inbox at info@psebainbridge.com with your questions and comments. Stay up to date on project milestones and construction – text PMTAP to 555-888 to subscribe to text message alerts on your cell phone.

4/9/2015

  • You’re invited to an open house for PSE’s Port Madison Tap 115 kV project. Stop by Seabold Hall (14451 Komedal Rd, Bainbridge Island) on Tuesday, April 21 between 6 and 8 p.m. to get information about construction along SR 305 and other areas in your community, learn how PSE’s work will improve electric service reliability, and meet PSE’s project staff.
  • Construction is expected to start this May and continue through October.

3/16/2015

  • This spring, PSE will begin preparing for construction to replace the aging transmission lines and poles in north Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.
  • Preparation for this work will include surveying the area and trimming nearby vegetation to reduce the frequency of tree-related power outages and allow for ease of access to equipment.