Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) announced on Thursday morning
that their contract crew, New River Electrical Corp, has started work
on installing new transmission cables at the Bonner Bridge site.
the cables over to the new bridge is one of the final steps in the
Bonner Bridge project, and the work is expected to be complete with the
opening of the bridge in roughly a couple of months.
cables on the existing bridge were [installed] in the 1990s, and are
reaching the end of their lifespan,” said Laura Ertle, Director of
Marketing & Public Relations. “So this is a brand new set of cables
at the new bridge site.”
cables are going underneath the bridge via a hanging conduit system,
which has already been installed by PCL Construction. From there, crews
will pull the cables through the conduit system, splicing sections
together to make one continuous connection. Currently, at the old
Bonner Bridge, the cables are visibly attached to the side of the
may be brief power outages when the final switch is made from the
existing Bonner Bridge lines to the new ones, but CHEC will provide
ample advance notice before the switch occurs, likely in early 2019.