CU sees progress on new facility
by RICK NORTON Associate Editor
Oct 28, 2013 | 877 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Progress continues on the new Cleveland Utilities substation on 9th Street as construction crews were slowed much of the summer due to unprecedented rainfall; however, drying conditions over the past month have allowed workers to pick up their pace.

“I am extremely pleased with the quality of work that [is being] performed and I feel it is as good as any installation in the U.S.,” CU Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden reported during a recent session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities. “I want to commend our substation construction employees for their commitment to excellence.”

Cleveland Utilities board members are expected to receive an updated report on the substation work later this week. The board has scheduled a rare Friday afternoon session set to begin at 3 p.m. in the Tom Wheeler Training Center.

Although the month of August still brought its share of showers to the Cleveland area — some 5.36 inches worth, according to CU Water Division Vice President Craig T. Mullinax — substation crews completed some significant steps, one of which was making “feeder breaker jumper connections,” Borden said.

“It should be noted that we were short one employee from this area for the entire month,” Borden said. “Understandably, this slowed our progress on the project.”

The new substation, which is located along the railroad tracks and near part of the old Whirlpool Cleveland Division manufacturing site in south Cleveland, is actually a replacement of a former facility once operated by TVA.

A timetable for substation completion has not been confirmed, as yet. Much of this type of electrical work is dependent upon weather conditions.

In other ongoing projects involving the CU Electric Division:

- Engineers in August held several site meetings with the Tennessee Department of Transportation contractor to coordinate line relocation work along Durkee Road and Benton Pike with the contractor’s site work. “The contractor has grading work that is required before we can begin setting poles for the Durkee Road transmission line relocation,” Borden said.

- All CU work has been completed on Phase 1 of the Brookes Edge Apartments project on Adkisson Drive. Borden said project cost information — about $17,500 — is final.

- CU engineers completed the design work for the second phase of the Brookes Edge development and supplied the contractor with a conduit plan for the installation of electric primary and secondary conductor conduits.

- CU engineers continue to work with traffic consultant Cannon and Cannon of Knoxville on the design to relocate existing 69kV transmission lines that will be impacted by the new TDOT APD 40 interchange at Stone Lake Road. Borden said CU met with TVA on Sept. 23 to coordinate the construction of both TVA and Cleveland Utilities transmission lines. At the session, CU requested that TVA jointly visit with neighboring property owners to discuss the purchase of additional easements required for the new line locations.

- The installation of underground electrical and communications conduits was completed in Phase II of the Silver Springs development. CU line crews began the installation of primary conductors and transformers in August.

- The transformer for the new Publix Supermarkets store on Huff Parkway was installed in August and power has been connected. In early September, the transformer was energized and electrical power was turned on inside the structure.

- The Greens Subdivision located on Inverness Drive, just south of Candies Lane, is presently in the design phase for electrical service and conduit layout. The subdivision consists of 25 lots with an expected total electrical load of 300 kW.

- During August, CU crews cleared 1,283,648 linear feet of right of way (a 6-foot-wide path) under existing transmission lines as part of the utility’s ongoing easement maintenance program.

In his traffic light report, Borden addressed the following:

n Wavetronix radar detection equipment was installed at the Keith Street and Inman Street intersection. During the installation, the old camera detection equipment was removed. The work was completed Aug. 30.

- CU Traffic Signal Coordinator Tad Bacon is working with Volkert Engineering (a consulting group) on the design of traffic signals for the ramp terminals to be constructed on the Local Interstate Connector South interchange. “Tad is supplying Volkert with our equipment requirements and specifications for the intersections to be properly interfaced with our present ITS system and to meet our standards,” Borden explained.

- All incandescent signal heads were removed and replaced with new LED fixture-equipped signal heads as part of the Georgetown Road and Paul Huff signal conversion project, Borden said. “The energy savings to the city of Cleveland is about six times that of incandescent signal heads,” Borden noted. “The maintenance cost for Cleveland Utilities is less due to the longer life of the LED lights. The LED fixtures are brighter. We have experienced a few LED failures, but overall their performance and longevity have been very good.”