Kyle Muret, Electric Chief Engineer
Stillwater Electric Utility (SEU) will install an additional circuit along four miles of existing power lines on the northeast portion of the city. Along Husband Street, the existing power line will move slightly to the west, to increase the distance from the roadway and allow the trees to flourish. See the map below for the complete route.
The modifications will increase reliability of SEU's power system and connect the new Stillwater Energy Center to the electric system at more than one point and permit sections of the system to be isolated to better manage problems and reduce outages. In addition, this work is an integral part of the program to move toward using advanced protective relaying equipment that is designed to protect the electric system and rapidly isolate outages.
Feb. 7, 2014: Bids for a general contractor were received.
June 28, 2018: The Power Line Improvement Project is progressing at a steady rate. As of June 25, the poles for the stretch along North Husband Street are now installed and the contractor hired by the Stillwater Utilities Authority is expected to restore any damage caused to sidewalks, curbs, land and rights of way in the next few weeks. Construction on the east side of Boomer Lake will slow during the weeks surrounding Independence Day to avoid interference with Chickasaw Boomer Blast activities. Crews will return to string new wires when all the poles are installed after Independence Day through the beginning of August.
August 16, 2018: The Power Line Improvement Project is near completion. The power lines were energized on August 2, 2018, and are performing as designed. Contract crews are attaching the distribution power lines to the new structures and should be done by the end of the week. Restoration of the rights-of-way that were damaged has begun.
Contract crews will work to remove debris created during construction and repair the walking path that was damaged at Boomer Lake on North Husband Street. Around 30 panels on the walking path will be replaced as part of the restoration. Pedestrians using the path during replacement should expect portions of the path to close or be rerouted temporarily. Construction is expected to start on Sept. 10.
Once restoration is complete and the contract crew completes their work, Stillwater Electric Utility crews will transfer the distribution lines on North Husband over to the new poles to allow the trees along the road to flourish.
The walking path is divided into sections called panels that range from 10 to 12 feet wide and 10 to 12 feet long.
October 15, 2018: Repairs to the walking path have been completed. Stillwater Electric Utility crews will begin transferring the distribution lines on North Husband over to the new poles beginning in November. This will allow the trees along the road to flourish.
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