Agate Pass Construction Updates

11/19/2014

In late November crews from PSE and Potelco, Inc. completed construction on the Agate Pass tower replacement project! Site restoration and landscaping is anticipated to take place between late November and early December. 

PSE would like to thank the community along Reitan Rd as well as City of Bainbridge, postal workers and garbage collection technicians for their help in completing the project safely and efficiently. Our team and on-site crews appreciate your patience and cooperation during construction. 

Additionally, beach access at the construction site along Reitan Rd has been re-opened to the public. We thank you for recognizing our commitment to safety and the need to limit access during construction.

10/24/2014

Crews have completed “Phase 1” of the Agate Pass tower replacement project which entailed installation of the first set poles and wire across Agate Pass. “Phase 2” is underway, and in order to complete the project ahead of storm season crews will work Mondays through Saturdays. See below for this weekend’s work details. 

Work details along Reitan Rd*

  • Saturday, Oct. 25 – Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Crews will prep the site along Reitan Rd in order to set the second steel pole during the week of Oct. 27.
  • Expect intermittent traffic delays.
  • Crews will not work on Sunday.

*Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities; some work may be weather dependent.

10/9/2014

Our crews are making great progress on the Agate Pass tower replacement project. This week we installed the first of two new steel poles along Reitan Rd. On Saturday, Oct. 11, crews will string wire across Agate Pass between the newly installed pole on Bainbridge Island and the Suquamish area of Kitsap. Crews will return during the week of Oct. 13 to install the second pole along Reitan Rd and string wire before deconstructing the existing lattice tower later this month. See below for work details.

Work details along Reitan Rd*

  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Crews will string new wire on the steel pole installed earlier this week. Crews will not work on Sunday.

*Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities; some work may be weather dependent.

For questions or information regarding construction activities, email us at info@psebainbridge.com, or call 1-888-404-8773. 

10/6/2014

This is an important and exciting week for the project- crews will work to assemble one of the new steel poles along Reitan Rd! After assembling the first pole, we’ll string wire across Agate Pass between Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County. Take a look at what we're planning to do the week of Oct. 6:

Work details along Reitan Rd*

  • Oct. 6 –Tower crane will be mobilized on-site; work will take place from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.   
  • Oct. 7-8 – Steel pole will be installed; work will take place from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • Oct. 9 – Wire will be strung on the newly installed pole; work will take place from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Work will require use of a crane to assemble each section of the pole.
  • Please expect short, intermittent traffic delays. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these critical steps in the project. 
  • Additional information on the removal of the existing lattice tower and assembly of the second steel pole and wire stringing will be provided after the first pole is installed and the transmission line is energized.

*Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities; some work may be weather dependent.

For questions or information regarding construction activities, email us at info@psebainbridge.com, or call 1-888-404-8773. 

9/26/2014

The new pole foundations have cured and Puget Sound Energy and Potelco, Inc. crews will continue work to replace the existing lattice tower along Reitan Rd. See below for work details. 

Work details along Reitan Rd*

  • Friday, Sept. 26 - Equipment mobilization will take place (we anticipate short, intermittent delays as trucks unload and crews stage equipment).
  • Week of Sept. 29 - Work to install new steel poles and string new wire will begin. Once the new equipment is in place we’ll deconstruct the existing lattice tower.
  • Work will take place generally between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There may be intermittent traffic delays (delays will be short and infrequent), and flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic as necessary.
  • Construction is anticipated to be complete in October; site restoration will wrap up in November.

For questions or information regarding construction activities, email us at info@psebainbridge.com, or call 1-888-404-8773.

*Remember, our goal is to ensure that you and your 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 for regular construction updates.
  • Text REITAN to 555-888 to recieve regular updates on your cell phone (standard text message rates apply, reply STOP to unsubscribe).

Thanks and have a good weekend!

9/22/2014

In preparation for the next phase of construction on the Agate Pass tower replacement project, tree crews with Asplundh will be performing tree work on the Kitsap County and Bainbridge Island project sites. Work will begin at the Kitsap location on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and will move to the site along Reitan Rd on Bainbridge Island on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Who: Asplundh Tree Expert Co. and PSE

Why: Crews will be performing tree work to allow for a safe work zone for the construction of the new steel poles.

What: There may be intermittent traffic delays of 5 minutes or less (delays will be short and infrequent), flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic as necessary. We do not expect any service interruptions as a result of the work. 

When: Work will take place generally between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

  • Kitsap County: Tuesday, Sept. 23
  • Bainbridge Island (along Reitan Rd): Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Friday, Sept. 26

For questions or information regarding construction activities, email us at info@psebainbridge.com, or call 1-888-404-8773.

9/10/2014

This week crews completed work to construct the second (and last) pole foundation along Reitan Rd. On Wednesday, equipment was moved off-site, and the street and site were tidied up in anticipation of a couple weeks without construction activity. We anticipate crews will return the week of Sept. 28, after the concrete foundations have cured. Crews will begin the final stages of construction including setting the new steel poles, stringing new wire across Agate Pass, and then deconstructing the existing lattice towers. Work is expected to be complete by late October.

Photo: Crews completed installation of the final pole foundation during the week of Sept. 8. The foundations require up to three weeks to cure properly before the poles can be set and the new wire strung. Crews expect to return the week of Sept. 28 to begin the final stages of construction.

We’ll notify residents near the construction site prior to work activities starting back up. If you have any questions before then, don’t hesitate to email us. Thank you for your continued patience!

9/4/2014

  • This week crews completed construction of one of two pole foundations along Reitan Rd.
  • We hope to pour concrete for the second foundation on Monday, Sept. 8 after the crew completes drilling for the second foundation (anticipated completion by the end of day Friday, Sept. 5).
  • Remember, the foundations will take up to 28 days to cure properly. During that time the construction site may seem a little quiet, but the crews will return to finish the work which will entail setting the new poles, deconstructing the existing towers and stringing new wire. 

The crews are making great progress! 

Photo: Work to construct the foundations for the new steel poles began the week of Sept. 2 and is expected to wrap up the week of Sept. 8. (Photo taken along Reitan Road on Bainbridge Island.)

Have a great weekend and be safe! We’ll be in touch next week.

9/2/2014

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect along Reitan Road during the week of Sept. 1*: 

  • Work to construct the foundations for the new transmission poles began along Reitan Rd on Tuesday, Sept. 2. 
  • Due to unanticipated soil conditions, Tuesday’s work activities were postponed until Wednesday, Sept. 3.
  • The crew anticipates construction may continue through Saturday, Sept. 6 as a result of the work schedule shift; this would be necessary in order to complete the foundation work and keep the project on track for completion this fall (notifications will be sent out toward the end of the week, if necessary).
  • This week’s work activities are scheduled generally between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Please expect intermittent traffic delays (5 minutes or less) along Reitan Rd; door hangers and text message alerts will be used to notify folks when the road will be blocked for a long period of time. 
  • Crews will plan construction activities so that our work doesn’t interfere with school bus routes or the morning/evening work commutes to the greatest extent possible.

*Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities; some work may be weather dependent.

Our goal is to ensure that the community and neighbors near the worksite are well-informed throughout construction. Stay in touch with us so you can plan ahead. 

  • To receive text message updates on your cell phone, text REITAN to 555-888 (standard text message rates apply, text STOP to unsubscribe). Text alerts will be used to notify subscribers of significant road impacts during work hours. 
  • Have questions about construction? Email us at info@psebainbridge.com.
  • Check back here for regular construction updates. 

We understand that construction can be difficult to maneuver at times, thank you for your patience and cooperation as our team works to complete this project.

 

8/19/2014

After several months of preparation and anticipation, construction to replace the aging Agate Pass towers is finally underway! Puget Sound Energy and Potelco, Inc. crews will start moving construction equipment on-site along Reitan Road on Bainbridge Island as early as the week of Aug. 18, and work is anticipated to start during the week of Sept. 1. 

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.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the work taking place on Kitsap and Bainbridge Island.

Work on Kitsap*:  

  • Week of Aug. 11 – Equipment mobilization, tree removal and brush clearing took place
  • Week of Aug. 18 – Temporary access road constructed 
  • Week of Aug. 25 – Foundations will be constructed, work is expected to last up to 8 days; the concrete foundations will then cure for up to 4 weeks before the new poles can be set.

Work on Bainbridge Island*:

  • Week of Aug. 18 – Equipment mobilization, tree removal and brush clearing will take place
  • Week of Sept. 1 - Construction of the tower foundations will begin the week of Sept. 1 and is expected to last up to 8 days; the concrete foundations will then cure for up to 4 weeks before the new poles can be set.
  • We anticipate that work activities on Bainbridge Island will start no earlier than 7 a.m. and will wrap up around 5 p.m. each day.
  • Residents along Reitan Rd should expect intermittent traffic delays, including some road closures ranging from 5 minutes up to an hour or longer. We’ll do our best to provide plenty of notice before road closures take place. 

*Hours and schedule may vary based on work activities; some work may be weather dependent.

By late September or early October, after the foundation work is complete, we’ll set the new steel poles, string new wire across Agate Pass, and then deconstruct the existing lattice towers. Work is expected to be complete by late October, and the worksites will be restored to their original condition by mid-November. 

For questions or information regarding construction activities, email us at info@psebainbridge.com

On-site crews will be using a combination of variable message signs, door-to-door notices, text message (details to follow soon) and webpage updates to get the word out to nearby residents about construction impacts. Feel free to get in touch with us and please plan ahead to avoid delays!