crews and contractors made significant headway throughout the day on
two solutions that are being implemented to get power to the islands as
soon as possible.
Solution: After completing installation of the poles required for
overhead transmission lines, crews worked quickly to anchor the poles,
place guy wires and build the right structures to accommodate other
system components. Crews will begin installing the three-phase line
tonight. Concurrently, the specialist team will begin prep work for the
highly technical and detailed process of connecting the new overhead
cables in two places – to the existing underground lines just before
the site of the damage and to the existing overhead lines that run the
length of Hatteras Island.
Conditions at the trench continue to present significant challenges.
The PCL Construction excavation team has worked hard to dewater the
trench via a hydro-vacuum truck, and a well and pump system. However,
because of the depth below the water table and the location adjacent to
the sound, water continues to seep in. Crews continue their work to
make trench conditions safe for the splicing specialists.
Timeframe: Restoring reliable transmission service in the safest, fastest way possible is the top priority.
is pleased with the progress made today and at this point estimates a
4-6 day timeframe from now for complete transmission restoration. This
includes the time required for testing after all construction is
complete and before transmission service can begin. CHEC is also
working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of
visitors as soon as possible.