Snohomish County PUD has moved ahead on a series of electrical system improvements and preventative maintenance projects this year to help ensure the utility maintains high levels of reliability and meets the needs of a growing customer base.
This year, the PUD plans to replace about 700 aging poles. It will assess and treat more than 25,000 poles in 2016-2017. In addition, 30 to 40 miles of aging underground cable will be replaced throughout the PUD service area. Meanwhile, the utility’s ongoing underground line injection program extends the life of thousands of feet of feeder cable each year.
Work started this spring to replace equipment at the Norton and Beverly Park substations, both in Everett, to meet long-term power needs and improve service. Additional work is being completed through the fall at substations serving Lynnwood and the City of Everett water filtration plant north of Sultan.
In addition, four new circuits will be constructed this fall at the Smokey Point substation as part of an expansion effort. The utility also expects to have automated nearly 95% of its substations by year-end.
Several distribution lines also will be upgraded, providing added capacity for lines serving the communities of Lake Goodwin, Monroe and Snohomish.