CU progressing on wide variety of electric work

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 9/4/17

A number of projects are in various stages of completion for Cleveland Utilities, according to Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden.

Borden made his monthly report to the public …

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CU progressing on wide variety of electric work

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A number of projects are in various stages of completion for Cleveland Utilities, according to Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden.

Borden made his monthly report to the public utility’s board in a recent gathering at the Tom Wheeler Training Center.

Some construction projects are in progress, others recently completed, and some are just getting under way.

One recently off-the-ground project is the Harriman Road/Spring Branch Industrial Park transmission line.

Borden said the utility recently received the fourth and final shipment of steel transmission poles, which enable the much-anticipated work to begin on the south side of the city.

The Electric Division leader also gave his final financial report on the Cleveland State Community College switchgear and metering work, which is completed after a number of months.

Just completed was the Phase I District transmission reconductor to Lang Street. All line construction is finished, but the utility has not yet energized the new construction section. Managers are working on a scheduled for this turn on.

Other projects involving the Electric Division:

• Construction of the new utility line along Freewill Road progressed through July. By the end of the month, all Volunteer Energy conductors and Cleveland Utilities conductors were pulled in on the double circuit line.

With the new line fully installed above the existing line, Cleveland Utilities crews were able to safely pull in the conductors.

Borden said that by the end of the month, the only task left on Freewill Road was to transfer the conductors into the insulators and remove a temporary pole that had to be set near 22nd Street for safe construction practices.

The line along Freewill Road is now completed, and the work has turned to the double circuit line that goes west along 22nd Street.

• The tie line along Randolph Samples Road is on hold due to the large amount of construction work elsewhere in the CU system.

• Engineering has released a work order to install underground and overhead electric facilities in the Ashwood Place Subdivision located at the intersection of Freewill Road and 22nd Street.

The new subdivision will have 26 lots.

To provide electric service to the subdivision, CU installed four pad-mounted transformers, three overhead transformers, 587 feet of aluminum underground primary, and 1,069 feet of underground secondary.

Borden added that at this time, a contractor is installing sewer and water lines. The electric conduit should be installed following this excavation work.

It is estimated the subdivision will be completed and ready for homes in two to three months.

• CU’s Engineering Department has released a work order for permanent electric service to the new Tire Discounters store on North Ocoee Street. The work order includes 630 feet of aluminum underground primary conductors and a pad-mounted transformer. The anticipated load is 60kW.

• Utility crews have installed 1,400 feet of No. 2 and primary secondary conduits, three single-phase pad-mounted transformers, and all secondary and primary conductors for Phase 3 of Timber Creek Subdivision. This is a 33-lot addition.

The utility is anticipating a 264 kW load when this phase of construction is fully developed.

Borden also reported on a number of traffic lighting projects in the city. They include:

• Traffic light coordinator Tad Bacon met with the contractor of the Casteel Greenway Connector on North Ocoee to discuss that project.

A portion of the work involves the addition of pedestrian signals at the North Ocoee/Blythe Ferry intersection.

The pedestrian signals will be fully ADA compliant and will have newer features, such as countdown timing and locate tones. Borden said the design and appearance will be similar to other pedestrian signals in the city of Cleveland.

• Pedestrian signals have already been installed at Keith and 20th streets, but the project is experiencing a minor issue with communication signal loss to some of the push buttons.

The Electric manager said that when the communication signal loss occurs, a false call is placed on the traffic controller as a means of failsafe operation, which unnecessarily disrupts traffic along Keith Street. He said there is no danger to pedestrians.

“We are working with the manufacturer, who is aware of this issue at multiple installation sites,” said Borden. He added that the main problem is an inconvenience to traffic flow along a very busy Keith Street.

• Borden reported that during July, the utility’s traffic light coordinator (Bacon), attended a pre-construction meeting for the resurfacing project of APD 40 from Goldstar Lane to South Lee Highway.

Two traffic signals will be impacted by this project, due to the milling of the pavement loop detection. These intersections are Refreshment Lane, Industrial Drive and Westland Drive.

Cleveland Utilities will install Wavetronix radar at all four approaches at Refreshment Lane and Industrial Drive.

Borden said a state contractor will replace the loop detection at Westland Drive, and this project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Borden added that the utility has experienced some problems at both intersections.

• CU’s Engineering Department has released a work order to install green turn arrows on the Cleveland Middle School and Crown Colony approaches to Georgetown Road.

The signal phasing was already split phased, but the arrows will provide a better indication to drivers that no other movement is allowed. This addition will remove some hesitation by drivers and allow for a more efficient signal operation.

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