In an appearance before the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities, Borden pointed out the existing substation was removed from service in late March, and this launched the relocation of some of the equipment to the Lang Street Substation to serve in a backup role.
“The [new] control building was delivered and set on the pre-poured concrete pad,” he said. Crews have continued to disassemble the old site in preparation for the construction of the new facility. Borden is expected to provide a project update to the CU board at a formal session Thursday.
Located just across from the old Cleveland Chair manufacturing site, the substation lies adjacent to the railroad tracks near the Whirlpool Cleveland Division factory formerly known as Plant 2. The Whirlpool facility is now empty as the premium appliance manufacturer continues to transition its century-old operation from the King Edward Avenue complex to the new $200 million, LEED-certified plant on Benton Pike.
CU is constructing its new substation on the south side of the existing sub. Borden pointed out the existing structure dates back to the 1930s and 1940s.
In a previous interview, Borden pointed out the 9th Street substation was an original part of the old Tennessee Electric Power Co. which was eventually acquired with the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Last month, the project hit a snag when the contractor, Greenstar LLC, discovered an underground fuel storage tank which dated back to 1927 and was the property of TVA. CU contracted Terracon Environmental Consultants to conduct liquid and soil testing, and to determine any actions needed to remove any contaminated materials.
Terracon coordinated the environmental cleanup which included the removal and disposal of the tank and closure of the site. A single dump truck load of sand that was supporting the tank was removed. It was determined to hold a small amount of contamination.
Once the cleanup was completed, crews continued the construction project which is now well underway.
Estimated cost for the new substation construction is $1,673,000.
In other Electric Division news, Borden gave the following updates:
- The Durkee Road line relocation project that will clear the way for road widening by the Tennessee Department of Transportation is still being delayed by a required easement on a single piece of property. The delay is being caused by legal issues involving the property title, Borden explained. In the meantime, steel transmission poles for the project have been received and crews are ready to begin the relocation once the final easement is secured, Borden explained.
Estimated cost of electrical relocations on both Durkee Road and Benton Pike is about $150,000.
In the meantime, the CU Water Division is busy making its own line relocations in the same areas. The intent of the road-widening project is to ease traffic congestion and improve motorist flow in the area of the new Whirlpool Cleveland Division plant and Factory Distribution Center (FDC).
The water line relocation, coordinated by Morgan Contracting Inc., consists of 1,900 feet of 20-inch line, 4,210 feet of 8-inch line and 1,215 feet of 6-inch line. As of the Water Division’s most recent report in April, the project was about 70 percent complete. An update is expected to be provided at the next CU board meeting on Thursday.
- The Electric Division has completed work on its part of the Spring Creek Apartments Phase II development. Borden reported the project came in slightly under budget at about $44,000.
- CU crews in early May were scheduled to supply electric service to the Vulcan Materials asphalt plant off Bates Pike. The plant had previously been powered by diesel generators, but the rising cost of fuel created the need for a more direct line of electric service to the plant, Borden explained.
- A work order was issued to provide temporary service for the construction of a pair of medical buildings at 2400 North Ocoee St.
- Electric engineers have been meeting with a property management group to discuss a project — in its early planning stages — that could lead to the installation of a 992 KW solar generation system proposed at 1545 Euclid Avenue, Borden explained. If the project materializes, it would serve as a major solar field for commercial use, he noted. Further updates are expected in future board meetings.
- During the month of March, CU linemen inspected 40 miles of fiber optic cable and completed several repairs that were needed “... due to the numerous storms we have experienced over the last two years,” Borden said.
- Borden also recognized CU employees who, he said, made possible the public utility’s honor of being named a Tree Line USA for the 13th consecutive year. “I would like to thank all of our employees involved for their hard work and dedication for making this possible,” he said.