Davis: PG&E Installing New Underground Electric Line

DAVIS — PG&E is installing a new underground electric line that will improve electric capacity and reliability in downtown and east Davis.

PG&E’s contractor will begin work on Jan. 4 and finish in April.

The line will create a new circuit and will have greater capacity than the existing one, which also will improve reliability. About 2,770 customers along the route will be switched to the new power source when the project is completed in April.

“We are confident that the power line upgrades will provide better electric reliability in Davis,” said Andy Navarrette, senior manager of PGE’s Sacramento and Sierra Division leadership team. “We apologize for any inconvenience the project may cause and have worked with the city on the work schedule so as to minimize impacts upon bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists, as well as residents and businesses in the area.”

Work hours usually will be Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, work along Fifth Street will be Sunday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Jan. 11 and lasting four weeks. Construction is being done at night so as not to impact daytime bicycle and vehicle traffic.

The contractor will mainly bore beneath the surface to install a new 12,000-volt circuit running from PG&E’s Davis substation at L and Third streets, running north along the eastside of L Street, turning east along the southside of Fifth Street to Pena Drive. The project also involves work along Second Street between Pena Drive and Faraday Avenue, with a total distance of about 12,000 feet.

The contractor will focus work in short segments of approximately 600 feet at a time so as to minimize impacts on parking and traffic. One-way traffic controls and a bike lane closure will be in effect during work on Fifth Street.

The $3.3 million project will provide added capacity, which in turn will improve electric reliability by providing crews with more options to re-route power during a power outage.

The contractor and its subcontractors will install the new underground conduit using directional boring, which is generally faster and less disruptive to streets and traffic than open trenching.

PG&E continues to make significant progress in electric reliability that benefits customers throughout its service area. The utility has delivered record electric reliability for six straight years. Since 2009, PG&E has consistently reduced the average duration of power outages, and in 2014 customers experienced the fewest number of outages in company history.

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